What do Librarians do all day?

This week Christchurch is being inundated with librarians.  We are having our annual conference and the theme is He Tangata, Our People.  This morning one of the speakers was Claudia Lux from IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and she spoke about how as librarians we need to get out there and advocate for our profession.  In order to do that we need people to know what we stand for.  She posed the question “What do librarians do all day?”  So I was wondering, what do you, our library users, think we get up to all day?

8 thoughts on “What do Librarians do all day?

  1. Valerie 13 October 2009 / 5:09 pm

    We read all the lovely books.

    • moeshaeshae 28 October 2009 / 11:36 am

      What do yell do to get that much money

  2. Helen 14 October 2009 / 6:54 pm

    We share.

  3. Donna 14 October 2009 / 9:04 pm

    We connect people and stuff (be it information or recreation)

  4. Jacqui 15 October 2009 / 11:30 am

    We solve problems, share information and never seem to have time to read the books we are surrounded by all day, yet always have far too many things on hold!

  5. lynne 18 October 2009 / 12:18 pm

    I’m tempted to say as little as possible, but that would not look good…. oh, darn, I’ve said it. How post-modern and self-referential of me. Our clients think we do nothing but read all day… my answer to this is “I wish”. We’re much too busy fixing photocpiers, sorting out overdue charges, phoning plumbers, replacing hand-towels, pacifying crying children, talking to old people about their sciatica (and offering remedies). This is our “social work” function, and very valuable it is too.

  6. Lisa 20 October 2009 / 11:05 am

    We spend ages rubbing out the pencil from when people have filled in all the answers to study guides!

    • Lisa 20 October 2009 / 11:18 am

      Well, that was just this morning, we also give duck stamps to little kids!

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