The stacks are different now

Steve Warren has just been hired as the Upsher (Texas) County Librarian by the county commissioners there. The headline in the Tyler Morning Telegraph reads, “Upsher County Hires First Male Librarian.” While the headline might merit some discussion, I think Steve Warren’s reason for wanting the job is even more talk-worthy:

” (I have) always enjoyed being in libraries…”

Mr. Warren may be the perfect person for this job, and he may be very well-qualified. He doesn’t hold an MLIS or an MLS, but he was hired with the stipulation that he must get one within three years (another topic for discussion). He may really enjoy his work at the library. However…

Anyone considering a career as a librarian needs to have a much better reason for wanting the job and joining the profession. Hopefully Mr. Warren has better reasons, and they just didn’t get reported in this article.

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Hi Jen! I’m glad you have a blog. Unglad that I haven’t seen it til now.

Are there “better” reasons to want to work in a library than “I’ve always enjoyed being in libraries”? I went to library school because I liked all the librarians I knew. Of course, these reasons should be supplemented by OTHER reasons, as it’s a big career and a big deal (as far as I’m concerned), but his reason shows that he values the library-as-place, which is such an important aspect of public libraries these days.

February 15th, 2010 at 9:28 am

@Michelle, there’s no reason to be “unglad!” I just made the blog public yesterday, so you haven’t missed anything. I combined three old blogs which is why most of the posts (including this one) are really old. I’m still slowly “releasing” old posts as I fix the broken links and missing images. It’s odd to re-visit things I wrote two years ago.

You’re exactly right, of course. There should be MORE reasons besides “I’ve always enjoyed being in libraries.” I assume he has other reasons, but I wish they had been reported in this article. Assuming I’m remember it correctly 😉

February 15th, 2010 at 9:37 am

Whew. Okay. I don’t feel so out of it, then! I thought I was growing out of whippersnapperdom there for a second!

February 17th, 2010 at 4:04 am