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.