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Re: what are you reading?

In a message dated 12/04/2003 5:09:58 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
pulis@mindspring.com writes:

> I think that back in the 50's being a librarian *was a life. The only life 
> a
> spinster had other than as teachers and nurses. And the teachers and nurses
> were by nature sociable, while librarians were definitely not interested (or
> maybe afraid of) social interaction.
> I only remember one librarian in that era who was genuinely interested in
> helping people enjoy books. The rest of them seemed to consider themselves
> guardians of the sacred books. Woe be unto any kid that might dog-ear a
> page, or get fingerprints on one, or (gasp) write in one. Not that we would
> have dared.

I have to jump in here in defense of librarians - having been one myself.  I 
assure you that in the early 50s when I was a librarian at the Pensacola Naval 
Base, those comments did not apply.  I'm sorry you had a bad experience with 
one, but the stereotype does not necessarily apply to all librarians.  I have 
known a couple of nurses that were holy terrors, for that matter.

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