The student was just loitering at my desk, trying to strike up a conversation when he asked, in that Bill-And-Ted's Excellent Adventure tone of his, "What do you... do you mind being called a librarian?"
I answered, No, I don't mind at all. In fact, to be a librarian you need a Master of Library Science degree. "Not everyone who works in a library is a librarian," I said, "just like not everyone who works in a hospital is a doctor."
It's not that I equate what I do with saving lives, or that people in hospitals who aren't doctors (and people in libraries who aren't librarians) don't do important work. Although several students have actually called me a "lifesaver" when I help them find what they're looking for, I don't have a God complex. Hey, I'm not giving you a kidney-- I'm just finding you a book.
Being called a librarian certainly isn't an insult, as the student's question implied. I was more amused than annoyed by his question, though. He was so earnest and curious, I couldn't help but appreciate how I had opened his mind. He kept repeating.. "I had no idea..."
Tim-Alone No More
9 years ago