I was having an entertaining conversation with a student the other daywhen he had to bring up librarianship.
"I didn't even know 'librarian' was a job," he said.
"Yes," I almost replied, "I have trouble believing it myself sometimes."
"But now I've been recommending it to a lot of my friends."
"Really?" Why on earth would he do that?
"Especially my humanities friends who don't know what they'll do after graduation. I tell them there's this great job for people who like to read and you can sit around and read books and stuff all day."
Should I disillusion him? Should I let down the ALA by not doing my part to recruit more dupes into the field? Absolutely not!
"Well, I don't just read books all day," I said. Slight shadow passes over his face. "I also read news and blogs and surf the Web a lot, and have interesting intellectual conversations with colleagues. (I had trouble stifling a laugh with that one.) "So go on and encourage your friends!"
I know the ALA would be proud. Perhaps they should award me a medal.