6 Things Never To Say To A Librarian

'Wow, your job is stress-free!'



1. “Your job is so quiet and low-stress.”


Sure: the library’s meant to be a “quiet place.” But that doesn’t mean librarians are cooped up in the corner, reading favorite novels and daydreaming their days away. They have a lot of work to do.

2. “You just read to kids all day?”


Nope. If the librarians specialize in children’s books, that doesn’t mean they’re essentially “babysitting” all day. Children’s librarians have to pique children’s interests in reading—an essential skill—whilst maintaining the rest of the library’s organization.

3. “You didn’t need a degree for this, did you?”


Ever heard of the Masters in Library Science Degree? No? Okay. You’re right. Teachers just know how to “work the computer sometimes,” and that’s all.

4. “Aren’t you a little young to be a librarian?”


People assume librarians require massive reading glasses, a crooked back, and an affinity for the words “back in my day…” But librarians come in all ages, all sizes, all interests—from the tattooed librarian to the one really, really into Kanye.

5. “What are you going to do when all the libraries close?”


It’s true: People don’t go to the library like they used to. But that doesn’t mean libraries don’t have a place in our culture. Rather: libraries are changing all the time, and librarians with them.

6. “Do you know the title of this book my second cousin recommended? It’s blue.”


Whilst librarians know tons of books and book titles and writer names, they probably don’t know what precise novel is sitting on your great-uncle’s medical cabinet at this exact moment. Sorry.

Librarians: What else should the rest of us avoid saying? Tell us in the comments!