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10 Scary Librarian Super Powers

By: Deborah B. Ford | October 03, 2016 | Shelf Life

What are YOUR Super Powers? What are your Super Powers? Arpromoboxes-oct2-bloge you willing to try anything once? Can you use the power of duct tape to keep a much-loved book together for a half dozen more reads? Do your technology skills allow you to create infopics that drive new customers through your door? Do you know everything?! (or at least where to find the answer?) Then you, my colleague, have Super Powers. Today we start a series of blog posts about the Super Powers of Librarians. Throughout the month, we will publish new posts with ideas and strategies for improving those powers. What about you? What is your kryptonite? What are your Super Powers? Here are 10 Scary Super Powers to get you started. Editing: You have the ability to recognize grammar and punctuation mistakes at a glance, even in your own writing. Experimenting: You are unafraid and willing to try anything—at least once. You were doing science in the library long before makerspaces. Infinite Knowledge: It’s true. Librarians know everything. If they don’t know the answers, they know where to find them. Marketing: Not only are you a social media whiz, you tech skills allow you to create infopics and infographics to advertise the many services and resources you provide. Math Whiz: You have the enviable ability to balance the budget, add tax and shipping, and creatively move funding into appropriate categories. Repairing: You are able to repair broken furniture, bookcases, equipment and technology with minimal time and supplies. You are often “While-you’re-hered” to death. Speed Reading: You can read multiple books in a week, keeping plotlines and characters straight. Spell binding: You can capture any wiggling audience by telling stories. (You may also know to put the wigglers in the back.) Super Speed: You can check in thirty books in five minutes or less while sorting them on your book cart. Superhuman Strength: Without injuring your back, you can carry 50 pound boxes of textbooks and discards without the aid of a book truck. You gotta love a chair with wheels and a little red wagon.

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Deborah B. Ford

Director of Library Outreach
@jlgdeborahford
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