Our missing librarian

Clark Memorial Library needs a librarian!

At Council Meetings and in Town offices we’ve heard dismissive comments such as “He/she is really a Library Manager, not a librarian.” This speaks both to the high esteem librarians command and to bean counting. “Library Manager” is an organizational position, not a profession. So, while examining what makes librarians indispensable and special, let’s call a successful Library Manager a librarian. It’s the skill-set that counts. Also, let’s stipulate we’re talking about community library librarians. The GP’s rather than the specialists. The ones for whom their place in the community is more meaningful than their place in a hierarchy or specific fields of inquiry.

And since superb wordsmiths have written paeans to the librarians who aided them on their way, let’s concentrate on what a librarian brings into a library.

  • First and foremost, a person who loves the power and potential of the written word—who’s fascinated by words in all their permutations—and has become a connoisseur of fine writing, be it historical, biographical, fictional, humorous, scientific, technical, philosophical, cultural, poetic, musical, or an on-line travel blog. This is essential for inspiring dedication in library volunteers and selecting the best works within patrons’ spheres of interest. Librarians are experts on experts.
  • A perpetual student of human nature, interested in others’ concerns and supportive, but without the teacher’s drive to lead, mold, and instruct.
  • A research expert who knows how to integrate emerging technology with other reference materials and weed the chaff.
  • An innately organized person with a whimsical bent that allows for bounding out of the box and frolicking with alien concepts without getting lost in them. This trait translates into the ability to return from a symposium with a few gems your community can actually use. All good librarians are remarkable for their creative discrimination and solid judgment.
  • A professional with either the formal education or comparable practical experience to:
    1. Plan, budget, and direct library operations
    2. Interact with other libraries, community organizations, and various county, state, and national library organizations
    3. Build and maintain a collection that serves town residents in general and
      1. Augments the needs of CJSD, Mingus, and Yavapai College students; community groups; civic groups; and town agencies
      2. Provides a distinct flavor and unique source that can be promoted as such
    4. Develop and execute youth and adult programs
    5. Provide focus and direction for a Friends of the Library volunteer organization
    6. Provide research assistance for library patrons and the Town
    7. Research new funding prospects for library acquisitions/programs and write proposals or teach others how to assist with this
  • A public servant who works 24/7. Librarians never truly leave their library. Wherever they are, whatever they’re doing, they’re also collecting and cataloguing relevant data.

And that is why Clark Memorial Library needs a librarian.

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”

Neil Gaiman

CML Reference Desk

If you needed more information to help keep Clark Memorial Library on the page, your community librarian would know where to find it. This section is updated as new items are published.

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In Periodicals:

In surveys:

On library and library association websites:

In Clarkdale town records:

And off the Yavapai Library Network bookshelf:

The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum has a variety of local history books available for sale, many of which are not available online.

“Librarians who are arguing and lobbying for clever e-book lending solutions are completely missing the point. They are defending the library-as-warehouse concept, as opposed to fighting for the future, which is librarian as producer, concierge, connector, teacher, and impresario.”

Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams