I was once a librarian.

I was reflecting over the many hats I have worn in my lifetime when this former occupation came to mind. Believe it or not, I was once a librarian. I worked five years as one. I enjoyed it for you got to order and read tons of books you may like.

You got a first shot at exciting newspapers and magazine articles and new stories before they hit the public. Yes, libraries often have the original copy of a story. I think this practice was started years ago predating the internet and copy machines.

You got to see famous people’s actual signatures and often times if still living you got to meet them in person. You would surprised at who visit and give presentations at libraries: Authors, writers, politicians, actresses, actors, play writers, musicians, dancers and many more visit them for an audience. I got to meet lots of famous people. Another perk was getting free tickets to musicals, operas and plays like, “The Phantom of the Opera” “The Lion King, “Cats” and many more. You got the ticket to go and write a view of the show.

The library I worked at had numerous famed works and famous books signed by many famous people. Including Ethan Allen Poe.

Another thing I liked…you got to see so many different types of books. So many different types of formations, styles and designs. Some of the most beautiful books I have ever seen were handwritten and binded. The place was huge and built in the early 19th century so you can image there was a lot of echoing going on.

As with any job there are going to be parts you don’t like. What I didn’t like was typing the microfilms, photocopying old dusty articles and such. I didn’t like re-shelving books. But the good thing about that was you didn’t have to work the front desk where everyone was asking a billion questions. You could hide among the rows and rows of books and read or do your homework. Of course, until your boss came looking for you. That’s when you pretend you wasn’t reading the book but shelving it. LOL!

I didn’t like having to look for a book a lazy visitors who didn’t want to make the effort to look for what they needed.

All together, it was wonderful experience. An experience I wish all young people should have.

 

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About unholypursuit

A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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10 Responses to I was once a librarian.

  1. Jen Kennedy says:

    That’s awesome! I actually thought about becoming a librarian years ago. I used to like going through the dewey decimal system card catalog when I was a kid, plus I’ve always loved libraries and still do!

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    • I know the media portray it as a boring job but actually it’s know if one have a thirst for knowledge. Libraries haven’t thrown away the old Dewey decimal system card catalog.. They pulls it out again if the computers shut down or something is accidentally deleted. They’re the most accurate record keepers you will ever encounter.

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      • Jen Kennedy says:

        How can anyone be bored in a library?! Silly people. It’s only boring to people because of all the electronics we have and the fact that most people are imprisoned to instant gratification. The first thing I think about anytime I enter a library or bookstore is knowledge. There’s just so much cool stuff to learn!

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        • I, too have wondered the same. I heard it all the times when I worked there. People often asked me how I stood to work in this tomb day after day? I told them it’s a very exciting place if you look around and open your mind to all available. The library contains vast knowledge that cannot be found anywhere else. My way of making people stop asking me that question was telling them the stories of all the knowledge lost to the world because a bad student named Alexander of Macedonia decided he wanted to burn down all the world’s great libraries because he didn’t like to read but realize later it wasn’t a good idea after all and rebuilt one. The Library of Alexandria. 🙂

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  2. Ann Harden says:

    Alma why didn’t you tell us that you used to be a librarian. I knew you were a walking lode of knowledge but didn’t know how. You humbly sat back and let all these know nothing people tell you how a book could go when you have held the world’s masterpieces in your hands. You never said a word when people online tells you how it could be worded, formatted and ect. How many words it should have in it. How many pages it could have. What kind of cover it could have. You never said a word when you already knew better than any publishing house how a book could be made!

    You knew all these come lately measurements and numbering and wordings were nothing but fads that will soon pass into the obsolete and never said a word. I don’t know whether to be mad or you bow to your humbleness.

    I would have told every one who offered their opinion that “I’ve seen and listened to the masters. Begone!”

    I have heard of people downplaying their accomplishments, but this is something to really toot your horn about. Why has you kept this to yourself? Why isn’t it in your author’s profile?

    Let me tell you something! Once a librarian, always a librarian. You are one the real gate keepers of the literary world. Why have you even bothered you listen to the advice from people who have never worked in those hallowed halls?

    I think I figured out which library you worked in_The New York Metropolitan Library. It was built in the early 1800’s. I figured it out by I putting two and two together about the operas and plays. Librarians receiving tickets and such to write reviews. Only a real librarian would know about the early, often never release newspaper articles.

    My gosh, Alma! You don’t need anyone else reviews. Your own reviews were enough to make or sink a whole Broadway production!

    I have been dying to ask this question for years. Do libraries always buy the New York Time best seller’s list book or they have another system they used?

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    • Ann thank you for your comment. I just didn’t think it was important to reveal this part of my life. It’s no secret. Yes, I still need people to review my work just as I’ve reviewed countless others’ work. I think many things changes over the years in the publishing business. It’s like any other business.

      Yes, I have written reviews for many different things from books to plays. I’ll not confirm if it was the Met I used to work for. But the individual librarian name isn’t listed on a review. It’s the name of the library itself listed.

      But no, a library doesn’t used strictly any of the Best Seller’s lists to determined if they’ll purchase a book. It’s mainly by pardoner’s demands is what determined what they buy. Yes, the library get copies of the best seller list from numerous places not just the big names. But it’s those who visit it determines what is ordered or requested.

      A public library is vastly different from your home library. It’s not going to be stocked with all one or two genres of what one individual would like. It contains information locally and from around the world. One library, even a small one probably house next to million different literary works and half a million authors from all walks of life and from many different eras. It’s not the place for the timid for some of these are horrific by any standard. That’s why each library have a section for the delicate readers.

      There was always a volunteer for the children reading sections and the regular librarians were grateful for their help for most librarian didn’t want to work the children sections. 🙂 It was nothing personal against kids. It’s that you had a hundred other things needed to get done and didn’t have the time needed to be spent in the one section.

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  3. Ann Harden says:

    I agree with Jen, how can anyone find a library boring? I agree with her too on the fact that the internet, smart phones, I-Phones and many other devices are making everyone expect instant gratification in everything. A library is a place you do not find that. It’s a wonderland of books on every subject.

    The younger generation’s reading level makes me cling and fill me with sadness and abhorrence. But it’s our fault for not forcing them to go deeper in anything. I wonder have we lost an entire generation to bytes.

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  4. Amanda Stevens says:

    That’s great. I didn’t know that. It must had been exciting to work there. I applied for a library position years ago but didn’t get the job. Probably best I didn’t for I can stay in a library all day long. Well this explains a lot of the data in your books. I learned something new. I had no idea libraries did so much for the entertainment world. But I agree with the person who said every one wants everything instantly these days. Look at how short most eBooks are? I like the physical book better. eBooks are fine for short stories but for long intense stores I prefer a real book. I know they say an eBook is real book. That’s not what I meant. I mean a book I can turn down the edge of the pages down and create dogears and go back to it. A book I don’t have to spend money for energy to read.

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