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Friday, October 20, 2006


Shadows, Me and my

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men?Ahhh, the burgeoning librarian. Still in school, with aspirations to achieve the lofty heights of librarianship. I have been fortunate over the last five weeks to have been shadowed no less than 4 times.

Apparently, it is "that time of year" when the Professors give out their assignments, and one of them is to shadow a Real Librarian™. For four hours at a time, the Real Librarian™ educates, elucidates, and shows off the glamorous world of reference. Some have been afraid, others fascinated by what this job entails. Be forewarned, oh dear Shadow, this is not for the faint of heart.

Most all of the shadows seemed to know what being a librarian meant to them. One was still forming that opinion.

I seemed to gravitate towards the shadows that really lived up to their name: they stuck behind me when I went to the shelves, stood over my shoulder while going to e-reference databases, and took notes and recorded my "results" to the customer. The customers seemed to feel their energy as well, coming up to the desk and asking them for help... good. Half the battle - presence as a librarian, or information giver. I hesitate to say "look the part", because there is no look to being a librarian - although I do encourage regimented hygiene, well pressed clothing, and a subtle yet pleasing perfume or cologne.

One gal pretty much hid in a corner, seemed horrified that we had to deal with the public, took notes from a far, and seemed panicked that she would have to use reference material - in any form.

Oddly, during these shadows we didn't need to fill out an assessment for their professors. I'm glad for that. A four hour shadow doesn't really seem to mean anything unless you really dig in and get your hands dirty.

Some pointers to shadows:

I could go on, but you get the idea. Shadowing can be fun for everyone involved, if it's done right.

Moral of this blog: Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men.... The Shadow knows! (ok, so none of mine did... but whatever)

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