Then I began to feel concerned. Is this how people TRULY view librarians? Are we getting a bad rap? Without any context or background information, I don't know what sparked this gloomy graffiti. I don't even know WHEN this occurred - it could be old news. But it got me thinking about peoples' perceptions of librarians. At this point, we can only assume that it was written by an actual hipster who had a negative interaction with a librarian at some point and was SO upset that he or she had to share it with all of Brooklyn. This is worrisome to me.
Listen, we all have our moments. Branches are short-staffed. Patron demand is rising. Librarians are often stressed, strained, and overworked. But quite frankly, in the face of even MORE impending budget cuts, libraries need all the good publicity they can get. And the truth is, the majority of us love our jobs. We are there because we WANT to help people. I know that there are always a few bad apples, but most of the librarians I know are patient, caring, and enthusiastic. I sincerely hope that this vandal has a good interaction with a librarian someday and changes his or her mind. (Or at least runs out of spray paint.)
To end on a positive note, a friend of mine modified the picture to make it more palatable to librarians. I'm optimistic that this is representative of MOST peoples' library experiences: