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Some Day I’ll Be a Librarian

Some Day I'll Be a LibrarianSome Day I’ll Be a Librarian
Splaver
1967

Submitter: This gem is still on-shelf at [University], where I attended library school. The writing is pretty good overall, but it was the text on page 16 that first had me howling — the kids at the library each *happen* to come across a wonderful book that just *happens* to be written by Sarah Splaver. What a coincidence!

The fact that the tech services librarians have personalities that are “quite different” from the public service staff — such as the “pleasant, enthusiastic” children’s librarian — made me imagine surly catalogers and scowling acquisitions staff hiding out in the back offices.

I was happy to see diversity in the images of this book! Given that it was published in 1967, I wasn’t expecting that. On the other hand, the chapter “Were Men Meant for Librarianship” emphasizes that men are especially wanted for TOP JOBS and administrative positions. ‘Cause none of the ladies are best suited for that, apparently.

The photograph that had me gaping in disbelief was the one featuring the music librarian… as she helps a patron who has a pipe in his mouth!

Holly: The kids in these pictures are about to retire from their librarian careers!

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Car Making

ladybird car makers book cover

‘People at Work’
The Car Makers
Havenhand
1968

Holly and I are metro Detroiters and both of us are married to auto engineers. Actually, a disproportionate number of librarians seem to be married to engineers around here… I wonder if that is some kind of cosmic force of nerdiness?

Today’s choice is a Ladybird book from the old days. I became a Ladybird fan when I was in Britain for a couple of years in the mid 90s. My kids loved these books and I liked that they actually had a bit more meat than similar nonfiction titles. Of course my auto engineer would probably take this book and create a detailed diagram of how manufacturing has changed since this was published.

I was looking through the book and noticed the back and forth use of women vs. girls. I guess they weren’t sure at the time.

Mary

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At Your Leisure

Opportunities in recreation and leisure careers

Opportunities in Recreation and Leisure Careers
Jensen
1990

Submitter: 3 circs in about 9 years, and I can only retroactively apologize to those folks who checked this out assuming it would assist them. I’m also slightly annoyed that “carnival game operator” and “college teacher” are listed together as opportunities. Because those jobs are so very similar…

Holly: How is “college teacher” a recreation or leisure career? Also, what is an “industrial recreation specialist”?

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