Honoring Librarians: National Library Week
National Library Week is celebrated April 3-9, celebrating “our libraries and the contributions they and the many librarians and library workers who lead them make to our communities.”
A spokesperson said: “This year we will be celebrating National Library Week from April 3-9. We have set aside this time to specially celebrate our libraries and the contributions they and the many librarians and library workers who lead them make to our communities.
“In recent years, it’s become a running joke to be surprised that libraries still exist in a world of the internet, Google, and myriad devices that provide instant access to information. What need do people have libraries and librarians when their life is eaten up with devices?And what do librarians do all day besides reading books?A lot of people stumble over stereotypes of what libraries and librarians look like .
“But beyond the stereotype of the librarian in a cardigan who reads all day, there is the beautiful and vast variety of libraries and the many different services they offer. The library most familiar to most is the public library; in Bermuda, it is shared between the Youth Library and the National Library, which provide services to the entire island. Even there, you’ll find all sorts of things happening on any given day.
“There are librarians at the Youth Library who create programs for children from birth to 18, which on any given day can include everything from Book Babies, a music program for the youngest, to STEM and Chess clubs. for older students. .
“But library requirements are dependent on budgets, collection development, book repairs, cataloguing. [a complicated process necessary to preserving a record of all the resources held in the library]display creation, and much more.
“The National Library offers community programs, exhibits, cultural events, and a team of library staff who can help people access library content, the latest popular fiction, magazines, and a collection carefully curated Bermuda resources to a range of online options from newspaper archives to ebooks.The National Library even has a librarian dedicated to Bermuda resources in particular, who acts as the island’s ambassador to many people abroad seeking information about their family histories.
“But people may not realize that there are other libraries on the island that are less visible, but no less important because they operate behind the scenes. The field of librarianship is broader than most people realize; indeed, if information is somehow involved, you can almost guarantee that there is a librarian handling things behind the scenes.
“A good example is the hospital library, which maintains an up-to-date collection dedicated to medical research to help doctors and nurses who may need quick access to this information in the course of their daily work. When you rely on medical personnel to help you with your illnesses and injuries, a medical library helps them get the information they need to do the best job for you.
“Closely linked to the medical library, the law libraries are operated by several of our local law firms. The role of these libraries is to keep up with the latest case law, keep lawyers informed of changes in legislation and provide research assistance for ongoing cases as well as maintaining a collection of documents to support this work. .
“Law librarians ensure lawyers have all the resources they need when they come to court with your cases.
“Another place where you might encounter a librarian is a school; many schools in Bermuda have school librarians. These librarians work hand-in-hand with teachers to curate a collection of books and learning resources that support the curriculum and provide students with recreational reading opportunities as well as materials that aid in personal and classroom research.
“Often these librarians also fulfill a teaching role, showing students how to use the library and do their own research.
“University libraries, such as the Bermuda College Library, also share the goal of an organized collection linked to the learning and research goals of the institution. However, college libraries must have collections strong enough to support not only student learning and research, but also the research needs of their professors and lecturers who publish work under the college banner.
“Because of its relationship with an academic community, Bermuda College librarians strive to collect materials that reference the courses offered as well as areas of particular local interest, such as the Bermudiana collection and a language collection Portugese. Their librarians also act in a teaching role, helping students learn how to maximize their use of physical and electronic resources, and proper research and citation methods.
“There are so many different types of libraries and so many ways to be a librarian. I hope this National Library week you will take some time to reflect on all the ways libraries have made a difference in your life, and if it’s been a while maybe take a trip to the National Library, at the Youth Library or even the Bermuda College Library [which is open to the public for a small annual charge].
“At the very least, when someone makes a joke about why libraries are dying, let them know that libraries are very much around and provide invaluable services to their communities!”
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