I was going to add some tag commentary to this but then I felt a rant coming on, so here we go.
I am working two jobs this fall semester. I would have been working three but one of the colleges I work at had to cut hours thanks to a piss-poor budget. And because I was low on the seniority list, goodbye me. The library is considered support in academic circles, yet what I do at as a Reference Librarian is more than support; I educate. I teach instructional sessions to show students how to conduct research for their projects. I work one-on-one with students to teach them how to use the library when their teacher gives them an assignment and the students have no idea where to begin. I’m even teaching an 8-week online course to educate students how to use the resources of the library and how to actually research; skills that are now becoming hot commodities in the job market.
Nevermind that an academic library is the backbone of the education process. Nevermind that so many students are so ill-prepared to deal with an academic library setting, mostly because their school librarian may have been cut due to budgets. It’s just books, right? Just shits and giggles?
Let’s talk about my second job at the public library, where community space is being utilized for educational means. Let us discuss how I use any opportunity to work with teens to prepare them for college because I see how unprepared many students are when faced with the research process. Let us discuss how I will use every opportunity to promote the great resources of a library; both physical and online.
Libraries mean community building. Libraries means education. Libraries mean growth in our economy. Yeah, the little libraries are cute, but look at the local systems and see how they connect to the bigger picture: progress.
You can find some great stuff to Instagram at your local library just as easily as some random cute little box on the sidewalk.