library school


I used to be cool. I drove a Fiat Spider. I rode bulls. I had an earring.

Now I have a minivan. And reflux.

But I’m on my way back to being cool. I’m starting library school next month. Really. I’m convinced that librarians have been given a bad rap. I am convinced that being a librarian is really a hip profession (seminary students: read “ministry”), cutting-edge, and under-rated. Especially now. Library school is no longer just about dewey and cataloging. It’s about emerging technologies, information architecture, and well, cataloging. But that’s okay — librarians are cool.

That’s probably why Noah Wyle left the popular and cool tv show, ER, and is now starring in a movie series called “The Librarian.” The first sequel comes out next month.

Who knew? I expect some things to become cool again – the return of denim jackets, Mystery Science Theater, Fiat Spiders. But librarians? That was about as expected as would be the return of leg-warmers.

The truth is, I thoroughly enjoy what I do. In this context it is indeed a ministry – helping to train ministers of the Gospel for more faithful service. I love what I do. And I get to be cool again.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve been a COOL librarian for 16 years. Welcome to the profession!

  2. Paul Roberts says:

    Thanks for the comment, Kathy. The world may not revolve around libraries, but without cool librarians where would the world be?

  3. Paul Roberts says:

    For those of you who read this blog regularly, I apologize for my inattentiveness over the Thanksgiving break — some spam comments made their way in and were listed in this string until this morning (Monday, 11/27).

  4. The Kidd says:

    I say bring back Mystery Science Theatre!! I love that show! And yes, Paul, you are already cool, but library school just makes you THAT much cooler!

  5. Bob Bjerkaas says:

    You rode bulls and had an earing!!!

    FYI: Noah Wiley (sp?) is out with a sequel to his film The Librarian: Quest for the Spear. It is a movie called The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines.

  6. Jason says:


    There’s tons of MST3K on youtube. Check out “City Limits,” my all time favorite.

  7. Rebecca says:

    I say that we have the coolest library around, full of cool people like you.

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