When I decided to become a librarian a few years ago, I never knew I would need math in order to do my job, and most of the time I don't. However today, a group of girls today were discussing how to solve a riddle, and I helped them solve it using MATH. Yep. Math. More specifically, Algebra...the bane of my high school existence. And the most amazing part is, I hate math. In general, math confuses me and if you asked me to add two numbers bigger than 12, I'd probably say 7.
- "Do you know the Dewey Decimal System by heart?" Heck no. I don't even think Melvil Dewey knew the whole system. Actually he couldn't have. I do know more about the DDS than most people, but it doesn't mean I think in Dewey.
- "You are too loud to be a librarian." Well, I am loud. But my library isn't a quiet library either. I work in a middle school, and ask any parent, 12-14 year olds do not know the meaning of the word "quiet". The truth is, libraries - at least public and school libraries - really aren't "quiet" places anymore. They are places people go to find information, and finding information isn't always a quiet endeavor.
- "You're too young/sarcastic to be a librarian". Whatever. This statement means that all librarians are either stuffy old ladies, or Bill Cosby. Librarians in general are younger, hipper and wittier than Marion the Librarian ever was.
I teach kids (and teachers) how to find answers to questions, how to find information, and how to find books they want to read. I teach kids how to solve problems using their brains, the internet and print materials. I train students to know that the answer to their question or the solution to their problem is out there, and then I give them the tools to find it.
And today, I taught a group of kids how to solve a riddle using algebra.
Who wouldn't want to do my job?