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Dear World, You Still Need Us. Love, Your Librarians

Thanks to guest author Quinn for the following post:

Ok, I admit it, before I decided to apply to a Masters program in Library Science I hadn’t been in a library since I left college and even when I was in college I only used the library as a quiet place to study. So I completely understand when people declare that libraries are becoming obsolete. However, now that I am in Information School, I am beginning to understand that Libraries are ubiquitous and the Librarians who run them might just (secretly) rule the world.

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Sure. You can Google anybody and anything and probably find something about what you are looking for (do note that Google works with and employs Librarians). But, are you going to Google search research for your doctorate? Where are you going to go if you have no computer? Who is going to keep track of solid, well prepared information verses teen Johnny’s blog posts? And to whom do you turn when your search for “burning bush” comes back with the political career of George W. Bush?!?

One myth about libraries is that they are book repositories. There are special parts of the library that do just that—they’re called “Archives” and Archivist Librarians run them as well as many other projects. The side of Libraries excluded by the myth is actually all about keeping ALL of the information (yeah, that’s right, ALL of the information) hot and ready for anybody who wants it, whenever they want it. Doesn’t that sound just a little bit like internet searching? Doesn’t that sound like the best use for internet searching ever?

Most everyone (born before 1990) probably remembers an elementary school lesson in which students were given a book title out of the card catalogue and sent on their merry way to go find that title in the stacks (following the Dewey Decimal System of course) and they think that is what Libraries still are today. Some people are appalled that kids now can write research papers without using a single book, but, the thing is, all the stuff that was in books…it’s now online too…a Librarian probably helped put it there and a Librarian can probably help you find it. Don’t believe me? Go ask a Librarian—no, don’t get up—there is one waiting with an open chat window right now…waiting for your IM.

Yeah, that’s right. Libraries, and Librarians, are everywhere…

P.S. If you are still not sure where to go to find a Librarian try http://www.lib.umich.edu and look for the “Ask a Librarian” link under the “Help” heading.

5 Responses to “Dear World, You Still Need Us. Love, Your Librarians”

  1. Books and Magazines Blog » Archive » Dear World, You Still Need Us. Love, Your Librarians Says:

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  2. Patricia Says:

    Hey Quinn,
    Thank you for your good post today, I appreciated learning more about the Librarian’s role and researching today. I have to admit I love Googling things to learn how, but nothing replaces the good helping hand and some expert advise and instructions. Keep up the good work only 15 months to go and you will be launched!

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  3. Danielle Says:

    My biggest frustration with using the internet for education-type research is that most of the really good research you have to pay for! The last paper I did drove me nuts because of this, and sometimes, a library is a better way to go to get this kind of research, because they won’t charge us poor college students for the knowledge. However, since all of my classes are online, the instructors encourage you to use the internet for your research. But they give you guidelines on what constitutes a good source, as well as the school provides us with an online version of the library, complete with some of the research that we need that you would have to pay for elsewhere. I agree that libraries are slowly moving online, as more books are published in pdf or other electronic format, and old research and classic books are scanned into electronic formats. It won’t be long until we will have the easy search of electronic media connected with the ever broadening scope of many hundreds of thousands of libraries’ media.

  4. Kay Lilland Says:

    On the rare occasions I have time to read blogs, I found this from 2008.

    Remember Phyllis Roberts of CIC? One of her daughters went to work for Yahoo search engine as soon as she graduated from Library Science graduate program.

    Yeah, Librarians!

    Now I need to phone a Havasu librarian about installation of a new TV monitor in the community room. The UU congregation donated the hardware…takes a multitude of contractors to install it, which I hoped was not my problem.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Kay,
    Yes I remember Phyllis Roberts well. I hope my Librarian can get a job quickly she is still waiting on paperwork, and watching the Oregon schools cut positions.
    Sorry about the TV stuff..someone always has to do it.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Questions of Practice =-.