Sunday, February 10, 2013
Cathy Shay: another grateful librarian
If you are like me, then you will love libraries and those that make them run each day. I have visited many libraries over the course of my professional writing life, and indeed as a student when I was young. I changed my career because of attending a teacher/librarians conference back in 2006.
I have written my own blogs on library love, libraries I am grateful for, and I've had librarian Michael Jongen blog his gratefuls for me in the past.
Most recently, I was thrilled to meet Cathy Shay over lunch in Newcastle. Cathy (pictured above in the wonderful city of Paris) is a passionate librarian, and I asked if she would like to share what she loved about her job for my readers here. And today, I am pleased to post her gratefuls.
Cathy Shay says:
I love being a Librarian, it's all that I know, it's all I have ever wanted to do. I have worked in libraries my entire life and have been a qualified Librarian for about 10 years. To be able to do the one thing you want to do, love to do, need to do is an incredible blessing and for that I am extremely grateful.
I am the Librarian in charge of a medium sized library in a large coastal community. The best part of my job is helping my community find that perfect book to read or that correct piece of information. You have to love books and love people - that's the essence. Literacy is important in the community and whilst educational and helpful, reading can also be a great escape from everyday life. Of course, libraries aren't just about books anymore, we have films, music, magazines and loads of online resources. We also present lots of activities and events in the library and teach the community about technology.
I like to see my library as the lounge room of the community. A busy library with music playing, computers being used, people napping, having lunch, or reading the paper, and keeping the staff on their toes is my idea of heaven. It makes me sad when people don't know about or use their local library or even worse, don't read...do they realise what joy they are missing out on?
I'm passionate about ensuring everyone gets the same opportunities in life and am thrilled to be able to provide that assistance free of charge to those that may not have access to books, technology and the services we provide. And I still can't believe I get to work with Jane Austen, Helen Garner, William Shakespeare, Nick Hornby, Bob Dylan, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Anita Heiss and the rest of the cool kids on a daily basis.
You can check out Cathy’s blog here!
And you can follow Cathy on Twitter here!
Are you are librarian or someone who loves libraries, then please leave a comment and let me know what you love most about the ‘library life’ and the best library you’ve ever been to and why!