Maybe this idea that there are ‘girl books’ and ‘boy books’ and ‘chick lit’ and ‘whatever is the guy equivalent of chick lit’ gives credit to absolutely no one, especially not the boys who will happily read stories by women, about women. As a lover of books and someone who supports readers and writers of both sexes, I would love a world in which books are freed from some of these constraints. Maybe we should do boys the favor we girls received—a reading diet featuring books by and about the opposite sex. Clearly, it must work.
Not every library job entails direct customer service. But no matter your title, chances are you’ll be spending at least part of each week with the public. Does this mean every librarian is an extrovert? Hardly. Most of us are still introverts, me included; we’ve just developed the skills that allow us to meet and greet with the best of them. See Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking for tips.
White Plains Public Library director Brian Kenney in his essay “So You Think You Want To Be a Librarian?”
Great, snark-laced illuminations for anyone in the profession who needs a reality check or those looking to jump into it. Pair with Meredith Schwartz’s “How To Become a 21st-Century Librarian,” and one night at the bar with me, and you’re set.
If any of you have ever been curious about just what we librarians do, this covers a lot. :) For the record, I’m definitely an extrovert now, but I was an introvert. I’ve just…shifted.