Sometimes in the library I will refer to myself as a wizard. I’m not a wizard, really, nor am I that cool. But after a really good reference interaction in which I learn something and my patron walks away happy with new tools and less stress, I feel like a wizard. I’ll even tell my patrons I’m a wizard when I show them secret search tricks. There are no wizards in libraries, just good librarians and reference staff.
Fairies, on the other hand, I always thought existed in libraries. There are so many things in libraries that I take for granted. All the hardback books have covers; the newspaper rack is updated; the books have call number stickers on them. These are just things that I never imagine how it happens or why, but I appreciate them.
Turns out librarians are wizards and fairies and I’m one of them!
I learned how to put the plastic covers on the hardback books. It was a life-changing moment. For some reason I thought the books were born with the covers on. It literally never occurred to me that someone actually puts them on manually. And it’s not hard but also more complicated than I expected. I’m not very good at it. But it kind of made me feel like a real librarian. And apparently a fairy