Librarians are the freakin’ coolest!

This morning I had the pleasure of giving a fairly standard overview of weblogs and RSS to a group of librarians. Nice sized group, and the response was gratifying… This is the second time I’ve addressed members of the profession lately, and both occasions have been a blast.

I’ve always had a warm spot in my heart for librarians. I admire their erudition, breadth of knowledge, and the vital service they provide to civil society. And it’s no secret that librarians have embraced weblogs and RSS (though most of today’s attendees said they were new to the subject)… which just makes them even groovier in my eyes. My office at UBC has recently moved out of our Main Library (due to renovations) into more spacious digs, and I’m still in withdrawal. I miss that crazy old building with 7-foot ceilings, and the smart friendly people who worked in it.

I’ve been trying to get my partner to attend library school for years — just so I could experience living with a librarian — but she won’t go for it.

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I am a Strategist and Discoordinator with UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. My main blogging space is Abject Learning, and I sporadically update a short bio with publications and presentations over there as well...
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5 Responses to Librarians are the freakin’ coolest!

  1. evan says:

    Your secret librarian fantasies have been revealed!

  2. Brian says:

    Hey don’t count me out yet. I’m still exploring the library thing. Endless career dithering is an occupational hazard of my current shtick.

    No argument that you do hold librarians in high regard- are you sure there isn’t a little information studies in your future?


  3. Scott Leslie says:

    I like to think of the librarians as the goaltenders of the institution, which as a defenceman is meant as a high compliment. What’s with all the sprts metaphors today…

  4. Martha says:

    Glad to hear the presentation went well — speaking as a librarian, I’m sure they thought you were more than cool too. But Scott, that goaltender/gatekeeper metaphor is soooo 20th century.

  5. evan says:

    to be honest, i never even realized there was such a field until i started working at this little institution. as an ex-hard science geek, although I would like to set up permanent residence, i’m more of an accessory…

    although it was the coolest thing in the whole wide world to go to the science library where I did my undergrad ( See, my maiden name was Ogg, and i always felt like a bit of a celebrity (although there was no relation, and really the library staff never cared).

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