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    9 Reasons Why Librarians Are Awesome

    In celebration of National Library Week (4/13-4/19), here is an homage to a group of greatly misunderstood and underappreciated professionals.

    "The Mean Shusher."

    What people usually envision when they think of a librarian.

    Or the "Naughty Librarian."

    Again, another wild misunderstanding.

    Tammy (Parks & Rec) didn't make it any easier for us.

    Pure evil.

    But throw away those pre-conceived notions...

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    Because you got us all wrong.

    1. Librarians are relaxed!

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    It's considered one of the least stressful jobs, according to this report by CareerCast.com.

    But you might ask, aren't librarians irrelevant now?

    2. The Library & Information Science field is evolving.

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    Forget working only in dusty book stacks. There are modern technology and data-based jobs for Library degree-holders such as Digital Manuscripts Project Manager, Information Research Specialist, Web Project Manager, GIS Map Specialist, Creative Project Manager, etc.

    3. Special Librarians can also work for museums, law offices, and even orchestras!

    Along with large corporations, hospitals, etc.

    There's even such a thing as a "Wine Librarian."

    Best job ever? Read more about wine libraries here.

    4. Librarians can be fun!

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    Steven Kemple, music librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Main Library, dons this Gorilla suit as a way of being experimental and to invoke curiosity among his patrons.

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    Or this Guerilla Librarian, who set up Corner Library in Brooklyn, NY.

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    These tattooed librarians even have their own calendar.

    View this video on YouTube

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    Nothing exemplifies a good time like a dance party at the library!

    5. Librarians are super creative - in our book displays...

    It's our craft.

    6. And our programs.

    7. Librarians can be superheroes.

    Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) as THE Librarian

    The Glorious Rupert Giles from Buffy

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    Such wit. Such sass.

    And best of all, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl!

    8. Some of our favorite authors were librarians.

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    Lewis Carroll

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    Beverly Cleary

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    Jorge Luis Borges

    Along with Marcel Proust, Madeleine L’Engle, Joanna Cole (The Magic School Bus Series), and Jacob Grimm (Grimms’ Fairy Tales).

    9. But most importantly, librarians make a difference.

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    According to NPR, "Most inmates will never win early release, so the library becomes a place to improve reading skills, write a letter home, watch an instructional video on auto mechanics or just escape, mentally." Hear this NPR interview with Prison Librarian Glennor Shirley here.

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    The life of Judge Olly Neal's (pictured here with his daughter) was transformed by his school librarian, Mildred Grady. Read the incredibly heartwarming story here. (Beware: it's a tearjerker.)

    So less of this.

    And more of this.

    Because even Colbert knows

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    Librarians are awesome.

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