Friday, June 02, 2006

Off Topic: An Open Letter to the Nashville Rage

I appreciate the Rage's coverage of libraries and librarians in the current issue. However, I should point out that working at a bookstore does NOT make someone a librarian, as the caption to the Becky Callaway picture currently suggests on your home page. Becky may well be a librarian by training, and librarians are certainly taking on non-traditional roles in increasing numbers. However, not everyone who works in a bookstore (in fact, most of them) or a library is a "librarian." Librarians have masters degrees in their field, with advanced, specialized training in information organization, retrieval, and provision. Working around books does not a librarian make, much like working in housing construction does not make one an architect. I suggest this page of the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook for a more complete description of the profession. It's unfortunate that you were unable to make this distinction and profile any of a number of librarians in the Nashville area in conjunction with your themed issue. Perhaps this is why other news outlets employ librarians to assist in background research for articles.

Rachel, MLIS (rockin' the sexy librarian look)

Update: I received a prompt, appropriate response back from the Rage, indicating that they would have the web folks fix the caption.


Blogger On The Rebound said...

If only you knew how my day was going. I was searching for one thing and I ended up here. Now you see how that might affect me!

11:13 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

I'm sorry, but isn't "All The Rage" covering Libraries about the same as "Highlights" magazine covering the Louvre?


3:48 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Kat - Hee. I only found out about the issue because The Husband's boss told him about it and told him he should call me and let me know. Aren't they cute? :)

7:37 AM  

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