I used to get lots of questions on what I do as a librarian. Did I ‘stamp’ due dates on books; how many ‘stamps’ did I make in one day and so forth. At times, it made me feel like ‘stamping’ their foreheads with the book rubber stamps. However, I realize that it’s not all their fault as librarianship wasn’t a glamorous job compared to doctors, pilots, engineers etc. Furthermore, back then, there was not much publicity about this profession.
I had to explain to them that some of my major tasks back then revolved around these activities:
We were also made to
Fast forward 20 years, my responsibilities have evolved. Not all have changed though. I still handle questions coming in from emails/phone calls/in person. Sometimes, I do conduct training sessions for faculty members, students and researchers. I shall elaborate these changes in my upcoming posts.