In the popular imagination, librarians do little more than stamp books and shush patrons. (Think of the stereotype of the stern librarian with a finger to her lips.) However, this couldn't be further from the truth.
Many people's ideas about what librarians do are as
antiquated as the card catalog.
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Today's librarians not only process incoming and outgoing materials, they also order materials for the library, create catalog data for these materials so that patrons can easily find them, educate patrons on computer programs and the Internet, and lead classes on literacy and English as a second language...and that's just for starters! In an article published last year by the Guardian, Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood explain why 21st-century librarians are a whole lot more than "frontline, customer service staff."
The Guardian (UK) * January 31, 2011
Beyond Books: What It Takes to Be a 21st Century Librarian
From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates
Librarians provide training to show people how to search for
information and evaluate what they find.
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By Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood