Do I have to talk to insane people?”
“You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.
- Jasper Fforde (via thepagesyoullread)
Did anyone have a library school class on (put bluntly) talking to insane people? One of my electives was Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations: Issues & Responses, and it began to tackle this stuff, but not nearly enough. I have learned a lot on the job, but I wish I had a background in some of this so I knew I was helping people in the best way.
My boss and I were joking recently that we should co-teach a library school class on the subject that’s required instead of cataloging. And this is at a rural library, so the problem is much less severe than in a walkable, urban community.