It isn’t quite what I thought it would be, and some days it is downright taxing, but I am grateful for my job at the library. I work with an astounding group of people who have shown me limitless generosity and sympathy. Some of the interactions with the public have been harrowing, but I enjoy helping people find information, especially when I get to learn something in the process. We have an amazing collection in a remarkable building, and we serve an incredibly diverse population. When I am not bogged down by the minutiae of management, I am awed by the intricacies of such a grand institution.
On that note, I realize it is hip now for San Franciscan yuppies to lampoon the homelessness problem as it pertains to the main branch of the public library. I truly pity those of you who do. Who do you think will suffer from the degradation of libraries and deprofessionalization of librarians, only people not privileged enough to swaddle themselves in overpaid “new media consultant” jobs? You might be able to order everything you need from Amazon now, until you realize that there is no 1-Click for consistent cultural community. When the glittering dust clears from the mashups and meetups, the library will still be here.
(This entry is part of one month of gratitude.)