I just got my hands on a publication from U.S. News & World Report declaring that Librarians were one of the best 31 careers for 2008. How librarians ended up on such a list? Folks at the U.S. News & World Report reviewed careers on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook that offered outstanding opportunities based on job satisfaction, training difficulties, prestige, job market outlook and pay. After much thinking and discussion, they resolved that
Librarians these days must be high-tech information sleuths, helping researchers plumb the oceans of information available in books and digital records. It’s an underrated career. Most librarians love helping patrons dig up information and, in the process, learning new things. Librarians may also go on shopping sprees, deciding which books and online resources to buy. They even get to put on performances, like children’s puppet shows, and run other programs, like book discussion groups for elders. On top of it all, librarians’ work hours are reasonable.
Hm…Underestimated… Underrated… I think each one of us has the power to continue changing the view of the others about librarians. I know that every day we work on it! I know many librarians carrying the library flag very graciously and with pride. There are many efforts towards better salaries, work opportunities and career advancement. Librarians are getting into serious areas as freedom of expression and human rights. Shine, shine!
The publication also revealed divine news:
All sorts of organizations need librarians, not just universities and local governments. They work for law firms, prisons, corporations, and nonprofit agencies. In fact, special librarianship is the field’s fastest-growing job market. Unlike public and university jobs, which require night and weekend hours, these jobs are mostly 9 to 5.
Oh, but we knew that every organization has information specialists! Check out the work of librarians at the Library and Plant Information Services at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY, and at the National Baseball Hall of Fame 🙂
I love how the world rediscovers librarians again and again. Yes! here, here.
Do you remember this commercial? “The automotive equivalent of a really hot librarian. Good-looking, yet intelligent. Fun, yet sophisticated. All in a very eye-catching, 200-horsepower package. The Accord V-6 Coupe.”