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.