Defending your chosen profession to friends, family, and complete strangers

Cardigan-Clad Culinary:

Today, I’m loving this angsty Hack Library School post defending librarianship. Yes, this is a professional job. Yes, it is important. I’ve posted about librarianship extensively on this blog, but I have never had to stage a defense of the profession (or why you need a Master’s degree to do that). This motivates me to do so.

Photo c/o Morguefile

Originally posted on hls:

Today’s post was supposed to be a fluffy list of librarian-centric movies you could work into a nice Netflix binge on your last weekend or two before the spring semester starts up. I had actually started to compile a nice little list for you. But then Saturday night I stumbled onto an article in The Guardian about an increase in volunteer-run libraries in Great Britain. The volunteer question is worth discussing (Anna-Sophia addressed it nicely a few months ago), but the thing that made me sit up and foam at the mouth for a few hours was the comment section. We had some defenders, but there were also a whole lot of people saying very blatantly that librarians aren’t real professionals, and not worth our salaries. Some were trolling but others seemed to genuinely believe that being a librarian is a simple job that can be taught with a few…

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