Adult & Young People Services
National Library Board
I don’t “Shhh!” for a living.
Although I wish I did.
That would be the easiest job in the world. Shushing people. Index finger to lips. Pucker and Shhh! Get paid. Easy-peasy.
But it's a good thing I don't.
[How I look in my SecondLife]
For one, wrinkles form more easily if one puckers the lips too much (guys are a little concerned about looks too!). Two, it'll be a boring and meaningless excuse for a job.
For me, librarianship (public librarianship, to be specific) is a calling. Not in the religious sense but closer to a philosophically of why we do what we do.
As a public librarian, you wear many hats:
- Retail or Sales Executive (you help people with their "purchase", advising them on what "product" to buy or use)
- Marketing Executive (you publicise the library's services and products)
- Event Manager (you organise programmes and activities)
- Trainer (you conduct workshops)
- Talkshow host (you chair programmes and events; facilitate book discussions)
- Administrative Executive (reports to write; you may have to manage budgets)
- Inventory or Store Manager (you are part of the process in managing the library materials to be added or removed)
- Security Officer (you look after the safety and well-being of those who use your premises)
- Customer Relations Executive (you deal with customers, both the nice and not-so-nice ones)
- Project Manager (you organise and lead projects; you most certainly work in teams)
- Researcher (you answer reference enquiries and help customers search for information)
- Writer (you write book reviews)
- Coach (you might end up mentoring or leading staff)
- Customer (you read; you have to; enough said).
[How I look in my "First Life"]
[Why I share: Because each time I teach, I also learn]
[I looked blur then. And still do now.]
See? I wish I'd only Shhhed people for a living.
With so many things to do, why did I stick with being a librarian for the last 11 years?
Because in simple terms, I think I'm contributing some good to society. It's a nice feeling.
Better than pursing one's lips.