Preface: I'm talking to my daughter's kindergarten class tomorrow about my job. Exciting! So I prepped a little bit; it will probably go entirely different, but here's how it's going to go in my mind...
My name is Dan Scott. I’m Amber’s dad. I’m a systems librarian at Laurentian
Today you’re going to learn what a systems librarian does. Exciting, eh?
I bet you have all been to a library. When you think about a library, what do
you think of first?
Yep - books! I do a lot of work with books! Can you guess what sorts of things
I do with books?
Choose which books to add to the library: Selection
And when we get new books, where do we put them? : Organization
And when we have too many books, choose which books to give away: Weeding
But there’s more to libraries than books! What else can you think of that are
Ah, computers. That’s where I really spend a lot of time. When I was a little
boy, I was a voracious reader - I would read anything, including cereal boxes
and encyclopedia - and I was fascinated by computers. Completely obsessed.
So, naturally, when I went to high school I also got a job at the children’s
library as a "computer page". I was a big kid, and I helped all the little kids
use the computers at the library.
Now that I’m grown up, I’m still doing pretty much the same thing - except now
I’m helping the adults use computers. Except now I’m helping them by making it
easier for them to get the books or magazines or music or movies or puppets
(yes! puppets!) that they need; and a lot of the time, they don’t even have to
come to the library. They can read or watch or listen to whatever they need
right on their computers - and sometimes they need help, but that’s what I’m