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.

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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.

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.

View this video on YouTube

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

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.)