I can get a little lost in my job here, working with Koha, troubleshooting code, trying to make things work for our clients, doing training courses and the like. Not that I can’t do it. A lot of my job consists of being the filter to handle everything I can so Edmund isn’t getting swamped by little things, but clients are demanding and I’m hitting my limits every day.
So it’s awesome when I get to do reader advisory work, even if it’s on a volunteer basis.
The other day I got a stack of Marvel comics from the library and spent a good chunk of the afternoon reading them in one of our house’s common spaces. This didn’t go unnoticed. A couple of days later, Javier’s brother, Luis, asked about them, was amazed that the library had comics, and asked if he could borrow one or two. I got to talk up my favourites and recommend Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk and generally be a bit geeky.
Today on Google+ one of my library school friends asked about Warren Ellis’ Freakangels, and then about what I would consider more mind-blowing than that, so I got to talk comics again.
Those kinds of interactions are my favourite part about being a librarian. I love telling people about stuff that’s awesome. In our class right now we’re talking about participation in social media and what the limits are or should be for information professionals. And I tend to think there shouldn’t be limits. Like we should be actual people recommending things we think will be useful. The difference isn’t that we’re professionals, it’s that we’re just a bit better steeped in this stuff.
When I was done telling Luis about why Ultimate Human was a good read but he should read Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk first, Holly looked up from her book and addressed him: “You just made Justin very happy.” Which was true. And it’s not the same kind of happy I get when figuring out a knotty system preferences problem.
I should really do my best to find a job in comics librarianship when this degree is done.