If you are like most people, you think of librarians as shy and quiet folks who talk in hushed tones and say “Sshh” alot. I have yet to meet that librarian. Maybe she does exist somewhere, but the librarians I know are vibrant, animated people with definite opinions and interesting lives. If you don’t believe me, check out the ALA Fifth Annual Bookcart Drill Team. Librarians Rock!
I have always thought librarians to be crazed megalomaniacs hidden in secluded rooms by the government to keep them from taking over the world. Maybe I’m just paranoid but that video didn’t do anything to calm my fears.
Good to see you posting again. Keep it coming!!
Marshal Kennedy-Craig says
“I reckon the sexiest librarians in the World work in the Greenock Library in Scotland….especially the red haired ones !”
If I ever get to Scotland to follow my heritage, I will have to visit the Greenock Library. http://www.nls.uk/about/index.html
Marshal Kennedy Craig says
“Thanks Allie,…..Hope you do manage to come to Scotland (bonnie!)….you could try out the Port Glasgow library too!!”
All the best, Marshal.
I should have read all the comnmets before I responded. I’d like to respond to Michael’s comment.I used to be just like you – a big fan of the dewey decimal system. In grad school, I was a member of the Dewey DeciPals. It didn’t take long for me to change my opinion. You mentioned fiction books being separated into different genres. I can see the benefits of that, but I can also see the benefits of having all fiction books organized by author.What I have a problem with is non-fiction books being organized by DDS.This year I started seeing some articles about libraries that were abandoning DDS. I can see how it’s convenient for those who grew up with it and are comfortable with the system, but it seems outdated and cumbersome to me. If we were to come up with a system now, would it look like DDS?I work in a primary school and I can tell you that trying to teach DDS to young children is a nightmare. The categories are confusing. Want a book about race cars? Well, it COULD be in 629 OR it might be in 796. It depends on whether or not it’s considered a book about the car or the sport. That’s just one example. When it comes to non-fiction books, I think the book store system is a much more efficient way of organizing books.