Librarians are the coolest

2015-07-22 06:00

I WAS pleased to see librarians taking centre stage when Librarians’ Day was celebrated recently. They deserve this overdue recognition because they provide an important service.

We live in an information age and librarians’ role as facilitators to access information has become indispensible. However, there are unfortunate perceptions about this noble profession, of women who wear spectacles and sit at a counter stamping books all day. This needs to be challenged and corrected.

The fact is - librarianship is a dynamic and exciting career. Librarians are well-read who have information at their fingertips.

Librarians deal with all types of people, providing information to answer complex and difficult questions.

Novelist Neil Gaiman said: “Librarians are the coolest people doing the hardest job out there on the front lines. And every time I get to counter or work with librarians, I am always impressed by their sheer awesomeness.”

Our government is committed to building libraries across the country and I urge young people of a high calibre to consider librarianship as a career. These days we speak of a “knowledge economy”, and we must ensure librarians get the recognition they deserve as knowledge managers.

ROMANIUS ZULU

Durban

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