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This post is inspired by a blog “A librarian’s worth around the world’. There is a statement at the end of the blog which says:

Librarians are trained professionals with advanced degrees. They make a huge contribution in their libraries and communities.

I agree with the 2nd part of the statement more than the first as there are a lot of excellent library staff  who are not professionally qualified, but who, with training, are professional in the work that they do.

The blog compares American public libraries with Amazon transactions (every day libraries circulate nearly 4 times more items than Amazon handles), and Macdonald’s buildings (12,804 compared to 122,011). Both of these companies have high profiles and many people know about what they do – this is rarely the case for public libraries and is something we all need to do something about.

There are a number of statistics which show the volume and range of work that libraries do – which also show how the cumulation of statistics can have  a wow factor. It made me think about the fact that libraries need to be promoting and SHOUTING  about the positive impact we have in what we do – even in the difficult times we are currently living through. This has been done by some people, one of whom is Liz McGettigan who manages Edinburgh Libraries in Scotland.

The list of information at the end of the blog giving an overview of what librarians do for their libraries and communities might form the basis of a series of blogs if I can get enough content for them ….

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I have decided to have a go at writing my own blog having started reading ones that other people have been writing. I also often have conversations with myself about issues and just general thoughts, so ‘why not share this with others and see if they want to join in’ I thought – so here are my musings.

Coeliac and librarian are the two words that I use the most when identifying what I am. I have to use coeliac every time I eat if I am not at home – this was not a choice but is a medical condition. Librarian because this was my first profession and I still use it to describe myself if I am asked what I do even though I haven’t managed a library directly for many years. I am still responsible for a library service though.

I also wanted to try to post some positive thoughts about libraries as there is so much negative information about them around at the moment. This does not mean that I want to denigrate the postings of those people fighting for libraries, but just that I feel the positive things libraries, and librarians do, is lost in all of this. I have been particularly inspired having just visited the wonderful Newcastle Library for the first time.

The building is lovely, and the art work inspiring – a really good mix and a lovely advert for libraries still having a place.

I will also be writing about my experiences as a coeliac – which may not be as positive as the library posts – as this is a real identifier for me as it has an impact on any experience that includes food I am not preparing for myself. It is quite surprising how differently I react to the experiences I have as a result depending on my mood, health or stress levels.

So there it is – I hope some people find it interesting, but if not I can look back at my conversations with myself, which I can’t do when they are in my head ;0)

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