It's undoubtable that libraries provide essential resources to children and adults all across the country. Not only do they grant free access to books, computers, and other educational resources, but they preserve history, protect the truth, connect communities, and even provide refuge to those who need it. Of course, none of these incredible things would be possible without the help of librarians, who do so much more than reshelve books, charge late fees, and remind patrons to stay quiet.
While they may get a bad rap for being strict or overbearing thanks to their portrayal in pop culture — or in your childhood memories — librarians are vital to the education, health, and wellbeing of the communities they serve. They organize shelves, sure, but modern day librarians act as public servants, record keepers, academic scholars, information professionals, community builders, fundraisers, and so much more.
You already know that librarians acquire new books for the collection, catalog and classify them by subject matter, recommend them patrons, and help check them in and out, but you probably didn't know a librarian's role extends much further than the checkout desk. Here are seven surprising things librarians do — you know, other than help you find that one book with the red cover you can't remember the name of.