Poetry Wednesday: For Librarians

While looking for a poem, I came across this great blog – says it all…

From SJ Wesson, a librarian who posted “Earful of Cider” and included Hans Olstrom’s poem for librarians and Jon Goode performing “The Librarian”.


Earful of Cider

There are a remarkable number of poems praising libraries and librarians, and while this is as it should be, I can’t help but notice that most of these are idealized versions of how libraries used to be and librarians never really were. And several are just a tad . . . precious for my personal taste.

Not that I’m knocking the support—if memories of date stamps and hair-bunned spinsters will get those tax levies passed, I’ll hand out calligraphied copies on ink-stained catalog cards and throw in a free pair of nostalgia-colored glasses.

But in these times of economic, social, political, and technological uncertainty, when vocal Haves appear to assume—hell, flat-out announce—that everything worth knowing is on the Internet now, so libraries have become cemeteries for useless information and since everyone—except the Have Not crowd, who clearly don’t count—has equal, easy access to Internet resources anyway,  it would…

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