It comes as no surprise that a profession like ours, who has a tendency for navel gazing, has an intense interest in what other people think of us.
And finally, what do you REALLY think of librarians?
Robyn: I think they’re MUCH smarter than Frances. I think they are technologically savvy and totally on the groovy side of nerd. Remember, our local library is St. Kilda so it’s all very bohemian and cool. Above all, every one we’ve met in the course of this has been totally gorgeous.
Wayne: Robyn’s just being nice, you’re a bunch of passionate kooks.
I can live with that. (See The Librarian’s Blog for more).
In my fantastical dreaming moments I have excellent ideas for books and storylines set in libraries. I just haven’t yet written them. But you have to admit that the library provides all kinds of story ideas. It is partly the variety of the human condition that we regularly deal with each day and it is partly the physical setting.
Think about The Stack for example. All that Lundia shelving that moves, sometimes creepily without warning. I could envision a murder mystery happening there.
Then there are the quiet top level floors of academic libraries where we already know that romantic trysts and other trysts of a more .. uh .. unclothed nature occur.
As for the many characters we meet over the course of the day – well, I can already think of several I’ve come across. Stinky Man, Allergy Lady, Insomniac-Mills-&-Boon-Reader. The list could go on.
I see Angus & Robertson have a list of Books about Librarians, so obviously I’m not the only one who likes to read about my profession.
Anyone got any favourites?