Friday, September 26, 2008

Affirmations, Daily

Librarians should puff up their self esteem by reciting daily professionally-self-righteous affirmations, like...
  • I promote literacy
  • I support free speech
  • I am an advocate for communities
  • I am a defender of civil liberties
  • I am an educator
Reminding yourself of your professional nobility will make you feel better about pissing away the afternoon reading blogs and goofing on Facebook.

Ask the readers: Share your own self-righteous library affirmations in the comments below.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Without me, college students couldn't do their work.

Anonymous said...

I know where the restrooms are located.

mamund said...

I'll share this experience from 2002. I went to my local county library to ask for a book by Gore Vidal ("Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace"). While the catalog listed close to ten throughout the county system, all were marked "Unavailable." hmm... I went to the check out desk and asked for an explanation. The desk librarian leaned over the counter and said in a low voice, "The used bookstore down the street should have several copies." We looked at each other. She asked if I had any other questions. Later that day, I dropped by the store she mentioned and was able to find several copies on the shelf. Sure enough, more than one of them had the country library name stamped on the inside cover. I have never forgotten what she did for me. And I've always wondered how often that has come up in the last several years. To me, librarians are the greatest.

Anonymous said...

I work in a hostile environment without hazard pay.

Anonymous said...

"I work in a hostile environment without hazard pay."

Hah! this is so true...every library I have worked in...

Anonymous said...

I'm an unqualified but highly experienced mental health worker. All the crazies come to the library to see me...just me and my colleagues.

Mary said...

Librarians are unsung heroes.

When I visit the library, I hold them in the highest regard and treat them accordingly.

Unfortunately, our local public library isn't the quiet sanctuary my hometown library was. It's quieter at the local bookstores. :(

Anonymous said...

At least I have a job

Anonymous said...

I take better care of the homeless and the mentally ill than those whose actual job it is to do so.

Anonymous said...

I work with the psychotically insane and many of them are library employees, not patrons.

Dances With Books said...

"I work with the psychotically insane and many of them are library employees, not patrons."

That is so true. The story of MPOW.

As for the bookstore being quieter than the library, there is a thought that could be disturbing (or not if you are one of those gaming librarians). And before any "easily offended" gaming librarian comes griping, all I will say is, "if the shoe fits. . ."

Anonymous said...

It's just a job.
It's just a job.
It's just a job.

Anonymous said...

my law librarians' daily affirmation: I know the difference between C.F.R. and F.R.

Anonymous said...

7:33:

Congrats. Y ou're smarter than the new associates in my firm who start at $145,000.

Wary Cat said...

I am an information specialist!

Ray Bailey said...

I'm just as good as the faculty.

Anonymous said...

I am a reference librarian, I refer. I am not a secretary, I do not 'do' for you.

Anonymous said...

I buy books in Spanish for people who cannot read.

Helene H. said...

I provide shelter for the homeless.
I provide computers for the computerless.
I provide pencil sharpeners for the smelly guy.

Marie said...

My favorite part of this is that not only was I at work reading your blog, I planned to go to Facebook next.

Anonymous said...

Oh, shit, you got me!

\bvb said...

I *am* better than Google.
I *am* better than Google.
I *am* better than Google.

Nikki said...

If a librarian cannot find the answer....there is no answer.

Monster Librarian said...

Aww...so true!

Anonymous said...

I make the clueless director and the illiterate board of trustees look good.

Susanne said...

-Reading blogs, going on Facebook and twittering is Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 research.

-Without me, the crazy library patrons would have to go bother someone else.

-I like my job, even though with an honours and a masters degree I should be getting paid way more than I do.

Anonymous said...

-i like being with with books
-i love my job

karcee

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FionaWB said...

I'm a medical librarian:
- I make doctors better doctors.