I volunteered for the Twitter Takeover because I don’t believe that enough people know enough about what it is, precisely, that we librarians do.
Our jobs are so much more than issuing and returning books, but as long as that is the prevailing understanding of our role, governments and councils, and some members of the public, will consider us easily replaced with anybody able to scan a barcode and shelve a book.
This is our opportunity to show who we are, what we do, and why. This week, my fellow librarians and I will show how we, and the resources and spaces that we make available to all, are an essential part of any society and country which wishes to educate its people to achieve their goals and to strive to improve themselves and their lives.
Like most librarians of my acquaintance, I am not just a librarian. I am a librarian and an academic. My research is the the enhancement and practical application of my librarianship skills. It makes me a better librarian because I share the experiences of library users seeking information. At present I’m working on a comparison of the library space with gardens and religious buildings, and of the role of librarians and their equivalent curators and guardians.
Kathleen is the Assistant Librarian at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London and blogs about libraries and librarians on The Victorian Librarian