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9. Some libraries don’t even care about fines.

“A lot of libraries are doing away with rules like “no talking in the library” and there’s been a movement against late fees. They often don’t provide significant income for libraries and all they do is shame people who can’t afford the fees into never returning. Personally, I’ll never insist that someone pay a fine if I can help it.”

—Gina N., Public Librarian

10. Librarians really want you to give YA a chance.

“If you’re looking for a story that doesn’t involve drama between middle aged white people getting a divorce, consider something from the teen section! YA stories are a lot more forthcoming about including a range of diverse characters, and plot lines can be a lot more complex than you think!”

—Bianca H., Teen Librarian

11. If you think your librarian is flirting with you, you’re probably wrong.

As with other service workers, such as barista and waiters, it’s part of the job to be at least nominally nice to people who come to the library. We’re not flirting with you. Related, please don’t touch the librarians.

—Jaime T., Librarian

12. Librarians have more expertise than you think.

“I’d like to point out that librarians are research EXPERTS. They often have multiple degrees and a subject specialty, such as Law, Art or Medicine! Having an expert in a field, that is also an expert on navigating research in that field, is an invaluable asset! So ask them about more than just how to print a document next time you’re at the library—they’ll love it!”

—Eva I., Archivist

13. But we’re not magic and we can’t find books based on vague details.

“I worked at a Barnes & Noble for a few years before I went to library school and one scenario has carried over from bookselling days to librarian days, even in this digital age.

Patron: I’m looking for a book. I can’t remember the title. Or the author. It’s a big book. With a red cover. Can you help me?

Me: Of course I can help you! What is the book about? What class is it for? Is it for a research paper?

Me, in my head: Grrr! No title, no author, nothing?!”

—V.S., Librarian

14. Libraries fit a lot into a day.

“In our Culinary Literacy Center, in a 24-hour span, it’s typical that we’ll teach 30 third graders about preservation while making ‘quickles’ then flip the room so that it’s ready for twenty-five adults from across the city can learn how to make donuts, butcher a goat, or can peach jam.”

—Liz Fitzgerald, Director of the Culinary Literacy Center, Free Library of Philadelphia

15. You don’t need white gloves to handle rare books. They can actually do more harm than good.

No, we don’t have to wear white cotton gloves to handle rare or fragile materials! While skin oils can do damage to some materials, most things can be (gently!) handled with (clean!) bare hands. In fact, wearing white cotton gloves can lead to more damage, because our fingers are less dexterous, especially when the gloves don’t fit snugly. For occasional thing, such as old film or photographs that shouldn’t be in direct contact with our skin, it’s better to wear nitrile gloves.

—Jaime T., Librarian

16. Libraries are on the front lines when it comes to drug addiction.

“If you are considering becoming a librarian at a public branch, be prepared to serve on the front lines. You have to help people do a lot more than just find a book. Some of my friends at other branches took elective training on how to administer Narcan because of the drug problems in their branch communities.

I know what crack smells like now because of this job.”

—Bianca H., Teen Librarian

17. TLDR; Libraries can help you in so many different facets of life, from picking up a new skill to preparing for a job interview.

“In addition to having an abundance of great books, libraries also ensure access to all things inspirational and educational. At the Free Library of Philadelphia you can borrow a musical instrument or a tie for a job interview, and while you’re here, you can use a computer, take a cooking class or learn English through programs at our Culinary Literacy Center or get free headshots taken at our Business Resource and Innovation Center.”

—Jenn Donsky, Communications Coordinator and Librarian, Free Library of Philadelphia

“Libraries are community centers, heritage preservation and dissemination sites, they’re embracing the digital humanities and empowering users through education and access. A library is a radical concept.

—Eva I, Archivist

SOURCE:www.buzzfeed.com

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