A library is a synonym for slow, a silent coil into the past’s dust. Quick transmission of anything here won’t get you anywhere.
— Ander Monson
For people who don’t regularly come into a library – public or otherwise – the idea that it is a quiet, sluggish place is what they envision in their minds. Sheesh. Where else do you envision things?
I’m not sure how that idea gets perpetuated, but it’s out there. If I had a nickel for each time someone said they assumed my job was stress-free because I could read all day or that the atmosphere was peaceful, I’d have at least $1.95. Let me just tell you, at the end of the day, I am mentally drained. When the doors open in the morning, people are walking in the door; and when it’s 5 minutes to closing, we are ushering people out. I did volunteer at a special library that could fit Monson’s description, but the majority are active places.