I’m thinking about people who call themselves librarians, who are not working librarians.
On one hand, it bothers me that there are all these past, future, aspiring, and not-quite librarians who have such strong opinions about what librarians should be and do. I want to shout, “You don’t get it!” or whine “you just don’t understaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnd.” Particularly at people relying on out-of-date information from 15 or 20 year old experiences. I’m increasingly bothered by the influence of consultants and library professors who are shaping policy and our theoretical foundations without a foothold in reality.
On the other hand, libraries belong to everybody, so maybe librarians do too. Maybe everybody should get a say about librarianism.
On the third hand, I want people to get mad (madDER, maybe) that they aren’t librarians. I think the idea that “we are all librarians” is to cover up the fact that there aren’t enough librarian jobs to go around. I want past, present, future, aspiring, and not-quite librarians to demand more library jobs. I want us to stop trying to make-do with being short staffed, and to start to create a workforce that can really meet community needs.
So that’s one thing you need to be a librarian, three hands. At least.