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why i library

In George Orwell’s essay “Why I Write,” he lists four “great motives” that people write — sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.  I was originally going to think of reasons people become librarians, but instead I decided to list four motives for using the library (in no particular order).

  • for love of the book (or film, magazine, cd, etc.)
  • frugality
  • computer and internet access
  • space, both reflective and social

What are some other “great motives?”  While I would love to think the expertise of librarians is a main draw for people, I’m really not sure how true that is — just speaking from my own experience.  In elementary and middle school, I spent hours and hours at my local public library.  The reason I kept going back was the books.  Though I loved my librarians, I don’t recall asking them for recommendations.  As I moved onto high school, while I still went to the library often, I never approached a librarian for help.  In undergrad, I used our academic library (though not as much) — but never the librarians.  I have to wonder if my personal lack of librarian use is because I grew up consulting Google and Wikipedia.

I also know I’m not the only one.  I don’t have any numbers to back me up, but I’m pretty confident that the number of people who use the library outweighs the number of people who consult librarians.  What I can’t figure out is if that’s a good or bad thing.

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

giant steps

Blogging scares me. It’s putting myself out there, having my opinions evaluated by not just the closed circle of friends/colleagues/classmates/professors — but by strangers. I have been a blog lurker for quite a long time, rarely commenting on anything — which is rather unusual for me because in person, I tend to voice my opinion. Sometimes a lot.

I’m tired of just being an online observer, so I’m taking a step to join in on the discussions about libraries, archives, history, and culture (all nice big, broad topics). I’m in my second semester of library school and am eager to learn everything I can — what better time to start blogging than now?

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized