If you ask someone on the streets what they think being a librarian entails, 90% of them will probably say something along the lines of books: checking out books, making sure people are returning them on time, managing fines, stacking the shelves.
In reality, however, the job of a librarian is so much more complicated than that! These five infographics will help you better understand what it takes to be a librarian in the 21st century.
1) A Librarian’s Daily Duties
What are some things that a librarian does from a day-to-day basis? This infographic tells it as it is. Source.
2) Anatomy of a Librarian
Age, income, hobbies, employment information… this fancy schmancy infographic has it all! It even tells you which part of the brain a librarian is using when going about their tasks. Source.
3) The Times They Are A Changin’
Created by Jennifer LaGarde, this one focuses on the specific qualities of a school librarian, from a teacher to a collaborator to an innovator. One thing we’ve learned for sure from this infographic: school librarians are NOT your grandmother’s ‘keeper of the books’! Source.
4) What Librarians Do
There are a million different kinds of libraries out there and there are probably a million different things that librarians do. This infographic breaks a librarian’s main tasks down into smaller chunks. Source.
5) Librarians in the Digital Age
The rise of the digital age has resulted in people changing the ways they use the libraries. A librarian’s role is now so much more multi-faceted and complicated like never before. Source.
Did these infographics accurately illustrate what being a librarian is like? What did they get right, and what did they miss? Let us know in the comments.