Re: what are you reading?
And I have also known some nurses that were holy terrors. Especially head
nurses! But I also understand that many of them need to be to uphold
standards, and sometimes to avoid breaking down in the face of incredible
stress. And, as with many teachers that I know and taught with, it just
wears on you after a while.
Jim may be right, that they were acting out of social expectations. Perhaps
the social expectations where you were serving were different from those of
the Carnegie Libraries of my youth.
I was an avid reader, and also a "corporation kid". Dad was transferred
frequently, and I visited libraries wherever I could, so saw many of the
stern-lipped types. I never could understand why they didn't love the books
they were tending, and share. Such treasures! (Maybe I was a dumb twit, but
I figured that a good book was supposed to be passed on for someone else to
One thing that I've noticed and that has delighted me in the last couple of
decades is that the librarians I've met have been really enthusiastic about
sharing what they know, and in promoting, rather than hoarding books. I have
to admit, it's startled me more than once.
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 5:53 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?
> In a message dated 12/04/2003 5:09:58 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> > I think that back in the 50's being a librarian *was a life. The only
> > a
> > spinster had other than as teachers and nurses. And the teachers and
> > were by nature sociable, while librarians were definitely not interested
> > maybe afraid of) social interaction.
> > I only remember one librarian in that era who was genuinely interested
> > helping people enjoy books. The rest of them seemed to consider
> > 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
> > have dared.
> I have to jump in here in defense of librarians - having been one myself.
> assure you that in the early 50s when I was a librarian at the Pensacola
> Base, those comments did not apply. I'm sorry you had a bad experience
> one, but the stereotype does not necessarily apply to all librarians. I
> known a couple of nurses that were holy terrors, for that matter.
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