Why are you a librarian? People want to know! Specifically, Webtamer guest contributer Lee wants to know, or at least he claims he does. And being a librarian, or some sort of professionally informational person, Lee has of course decided to approach the problem in the rigorous manner typical of all top level library science research. That's right, he went to Surveymonkey. Take the survey! It's great fun. [Update: the survey seems to have moved here. Very tricky.]
The survey has three questions, if you can call them questions. It seems designed to be even less useful professionally than the comments section of the AL, and that's saying something. Still, we want this survey to be statistically valid, even if it doesn't tell us anything interesting, because it's possible he'll be able to get an article out of this and he might be on the tenure track or something. That means you all have to click through and take the survey, filling in the answers in the straightforward and thoughtful way that we approach everything at the AL. If everyone reading this takes the survey, then that should be plenty to make it valid. And if he gets an article out of it, we'll all have fun reading it later.
I took the survey, and am sharing my answers with you below. Feel free to do the same for me.
"1. Why am I a librarian (or insert your favorite information professional title here)?"
You seem to be having some existential angst here. Hence your question. I have to say, I give up. I don't know why you are a librarian, and I don't particularly care. Nothing personal. I'm just not naturally curious. If you want to tell me, I'll listen politely, but I don't see how I can possibly answer this question. I thought this survey was supposed to be about me, but I guess not. Still, why don't I tell you why I'm a librarian, and then later you can answer your actual question for me once you've sorted out your emotions. I'm a librarian because it's an easy job with decent pay, light work, and low stress that required almost no effort to get. I assume that's why everyone is a librarian. Oh, and I get a lot of vacation. All the interesting and challenging jobs required too much effort and ambition, and I'm lazy and almost completely lacking in ambition.
"2. How I became a a [sic] librarian (or insert your favorite information professional title here)?"
This isn't even a question. You may have heard this before, but sentences need complete verbs, even interrogative sentences. "How I became a a librarian" might be a good title for a blog post if you left out the second a, but it's not a very good question. Still, I think I understand what you're getting at. You meant to ask the question, "How did I become a librarian?" didn't you? Well, I don't know how you became a librarian. Perhaps it was just fate. Perhaps you failed at everything else in life. No, wait, those are more why answers than how answers, aren't they? How did you become a librarian? That's more of a process, isn't it? I have a feeling that going to library school was a step. Then perhaps applying for a librarian job. Am I getting warm here? Why don't I tell you how I became a a librarian, and maybe that'll help you formulate an answer to your question. I became a librarian by getting an MLS (very easy to do, by the way) and then getting a job as a librarian (also pretty easy to do). It was really that simple.
3. Do we need librarians (or insert your favorite information professional title here)?
Who's this "we"? Is that you and me? Just between us, I don't think we need any librarians. We could go out, have a martini, and discuss your survey without any librarians around. Probably better that way, actually. And I personally don't need any librarians. If any are around, they're just competition for me, and I don't like competition. That's why I became a librarian. Competition just means more work for me, and I'm naturally lazy. (Please see above.)
On a final note, I'd be happy to tell you where you can insert your favorite information professional title, but this is a family blog.