Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian
I've been a librarian in a variety of positions, from children's librarian to the reference desk to branch head and more. I've worked in California, Oregon, and Colorado. Even though it's been some years since I worked in public libraries, I've frequently said, "Once a librarian, always a librarian." What I meant by this was that the tendency to help others find what they were looking for becomes ingrained. I do it here at WA, simply can't help myself.
So a couple of years ago, I couldn't resist buying the t-shirt that shows in the top image.
ONCE A LIBRARIAN
ALWAYS A LIBRARIAN
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO
OR WHAT YOU DO
YOU CAN NEVER TRULY
GET OUT OF
IT'S LIKE THE MAFIA
YOU KNOW TOO MUCH
I've never been likened to the Mafia before, but hey I'll take it.
Being a librarian lends itself to other work related to organizing knowledge, like writing websites and blog posts, and I know that there are quite a few of us librarians here. If you are one, please admit to it in the comments below. Or if you know someone else here who has that background, feel free to tell on them!
People think of librarians as sedate and even dull, but it's not the case. We have to deal with the public in all sorts of ways. When I was a children's librarian, telling stories to a group of four-year-olds sitting on the carpet in a large all-purpose room, one of them got tired of my tale, crawled over to another kid, and said loudly "What's your name?" Things like this made subsequent public speaking engagements to adults much easier.
Or there was the man waving around an open bottle of apricot brandy in the public library one day during the holidays when we were short staffed. I did persuade him to leave before the carpet got drenched.
At a branch I ran, there was a guy who sat and stared at me in a creepy way. Ugh.
Another library patron would loudly call out, "Celery! CELERY!" and eventually I figured out that was the name or maybe nickname of her young daughter.
I did like being able to go up to people and ask if I could help them find something. Often, I could. One time someone wanted to know where the books on horses were. When I asked for more details, it turned out he wanted to know who won the Kentucky Derby in a certain year.
But when someone wanted to know everything about cyanide, I was glad the reference desk was so busy that I didn't have time to delve into that topic.
A question I received frequently was, "Remember the book you found for me two weeks ago? I want another like it." People rarely realized I might not remember.
So being a librarian has left me with mostly happy memories. And I could probably tell a few tales about things that have happened here, but I'll leave that alone. For now, anyway.