"You know the stereotype. Librarians are portrayed as stern, old-fashioned ladies with cat's-eye glasses whose only jollies come from shushing the giggles of children. As an antidote to narrow- minded caricatures, and to perhaps demystify my profession, I offer this (potentially recurring) column -- Ask Mr. Library Man." - (Barker, Mr. Library Man, 8/29/07)
Today's column is "Ask Mr. Library Man: Call number for breakfast is 641.52" and includes a fresh take on some perennial questions asked of librarians. Here are two of my favorite questions and answers:
Q: You know that phrase "information is power"? If that were true, wouldn't librarians be the most powerful people on earth?
A: Shhh! You've figured it out. Librarians are the mighty overlords of the planet. Our low pay (relative to education and expertise) and our lack of public esteem are part of a massive cover-up.
Q. Is sarcasm a good quality for a librarian?
A. Considering the overwhelming absurdity of the modern era, sarcasm is a basic survival skill.
Thank you Mr. Library Man, write on.
Tags: Library humor, The Modesto Bee, Mr. Library Man