Merry Christmas, everyone! Or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Merry Whatever-Fake-Holiday-You-Celebrate-On-Christmas!
I’m blogging from the ancestral manse, with chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nibbling on my toes. Come to think of it, that’s probably not Jack Frost, but it feels good, anyway. Christmas is my favorite holiday, what with the presents, the food, the family, and the neverending chorus of Perry Como and company wishing me a Merry Christmas throughout the house.
Since I can’t be annoyed on Christmas, I thought I’d share some of the things I like about being a librarian, the positive stuff I don’t talk about the rest of the year. Some poor readers occasionally ask things like, "AL, if you hate librarianship so much, why don’t you do something else?" That of course assumes I’m capable of doing something else, but in the generous spirit of the holiday, I’ll try to answer the question. I don’t hate librarianship; I just don’t like what stupid people do to the profession. So I tried to come up with five things I like about librarianship.
Easy work. Much like library school, library work is easy for smart people. Besides, I don’t want a job that’s too difficult or takes too much effort. I have other things to do.
Good pay. I realize this isn’t true for all librarians, but personally I do pretty well, at least for the amount of effort it takes. There are worse ways to earn whatever it is I earn.
Lots of books. This is a good thing. I like books. It’s handy to be able to browse the stacks on my way out and find something to read that isn’t a best seller or genre novel or celebrity biography.
Smart colleagues. This depends on the library as well, I suppose, but I’ve got a lot of smart and knowledgeable colleagues, mostly failed or sidetracked academics like myself who can’t quite bear to leave academia. Out there in the world you can’t count on working around smart people, at least from what I can tell.
The glamour. Whenever I’m at a party and people find out I’m a librarian, there are always lots of ooohs and aaahs and everyone wants to know the tiniest details of my job. People are fascinated by librarians, and I benefit from the glamour associated with the profession.
Okay, I was kidding about that last one, but I couldn’t think of five things. Merry Christmas, anyway!