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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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