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Books, Books and More Books

13 Jan

When I was an undergrad studying literature, probably about 8 times out of 10 I got asked if I wanted to be a teacher. I would smile politely and say, “no. I’m not too sure yet. I just like books.” That has been a constant through out my life. I’ve always liked books.

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Even in my early schooling, when teachers insisted on teaching grammar and whatnot, all I wanted was to analyze books and talk about them. Grammar is important but I remember those classes as the teacher trying to herd cats. They would try, but we weren’t buying it.

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Everyone would tell me to wait until college, I could take all the Lit classes I want (and not have to deal with pesky things like math). And that’s exactly what I did.

So when I decided to go to grad school for Library Science, I was faced with the same question. “Do you want to be a librarian?” And again I politely smile and say, “nope. I just like books.” It’s still the most honest answer I can give. But it is a relief to know that a lot of the grad students in the Library Science program don’t want to work the Reference desk. There are so many other options to choose from.

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I have found my niche in Rare Books Specialization and am among other wonderful book nerds. One of the books I am reading is called A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes. While it is filled with facts and dates, it’s not as dry as I anticipated. It has started to cover why people collect books, the “addiction” and how far some people have gone in history to get the perfect first edition.

“I have known men to hazard their fortunes, go long journeys halfway about the world, forget friendships, even lie, cheat and steal, all for the gain of a book” (Basbanes p.18).

Why libraries?

Because I like books.

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