Librarians by the numbers
Previously in this column, I talked about the value of librarians and libraries in the United States and in Delaware County. The more than 135,000 librarians working in the 122,000 libraries in the US have busy and productive workdays, helping customers in a variety of ways, in the front and in the back of the house, so to speak.
Seventy-eight percent of librarians are women, and about 25 percent of all librarians work part time. Even though librarians tend to be older than other workers, thousands are expected to retire in the next few years, and the field of librarianship will grow at a rate of about 8 percent between 2010 and 2018.
Typically speaking, the library staff members who check out books at the circulation desk are not librarians, but they are incredibly important to the library and their community. Being a librarian requires a master of library and information science. You may well ask, “What do librarians do all day if they are not checking out books?”
The average librarian works 2,785 minutes each week, and here is the breakdown of how those minutes are spent, according to the American Library Association: 800 minutes checking business email, 390 minutes in meetings, 300 minutes in program management, 240 minutes working on the reference desk, 185 minutes at lunch and/or dinner, 145 minutes on planned phone calls and miscellaneous tasks, and 100 minutes on planning events. The remaining minutes are spent on processing invoices, weeding the collections, writing grants and proposals, ordering books, DVD’s and other items, promoting the library, and organizing. We are a busy lot!
And speaking of ordering books, the next time you visit the Delaware County District Library, look for these books on the New Book Shelves, available during the month of July:
• The Boy in the Song: The True Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics by Michael Heatley. Focuses on the boyfriends, husbands, band mates, exes, heroes, celebrities, fathers, sons, and even complete strangers who inspired 50 of rock’s greatest songs.
• The Dog With the Old Soul: True Stories of the Love, Hope and Joy Animals Bring to Our Lives by Jennifer Basye Sander. Perfect for animal lovers, this heartwarming collection of uplifting true stories captures the powerful connection between humans and animals, from horses to moose to dogs and cats.
• Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing’s Invisible Champion by W.K. Stratton. Documents the inspiring story of the civil rights activist, Olympic gold medalist and history’s youngest World Heavyweight Champion, placing his career against a backdrop of boxing’s golden age while analyzing misunderstood aspects of his character.
• The Food and Feasts of Jesus: Inside the World of First Century Fare, With Menus and Recipes by Douglas Neel. Offers a new perspective on life in biblical times by taking readers inside the food culture of the day. From wedding feasts to a farmer’s lunch, the book explores the significance of various meals, discusses key ingredients, and offers accessible recipes for readers to make their own tastes of the first century.
• Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the Future by Climate Central, Inc. An accessible explanation of climate change summarizes its science while sharing insights into its implications for the future, answering key questions from the role of fossil fuels to the economic costs of reducing carbon emissions.
• Hours Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong. A long-awaited conclusion to the Otherworld series finds Savannah Levine emerging from the rescue of her half-brother and summoning formidable powers to halt a supernatural war that is being complicated by the forces of heaven and hell.
• Leader of the Pack by David Rosenfelt. Believing that a client whose case he lost nine years earlier is innocent, lawyer Andy Carpenter visits the man’s aging uncle, who imparts knowledge about a dangerous, secret-ruled world where the key to Andy’s client’s freedom may be found.
• Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones. A portrait of Queen’s late lead singer draws on insider access to trace his rise to fame, struggles with risky behavior, relationships with loved ones and death from AIDS complications.
• Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz. A return to the popular world of Odd Thomas finds Odd confronting deadly adversaries in a decaying estate.
• Sly Fox by Jeanine Pirro. While investigating a series of brutal crimes against women and children in 1978 New York, Assistant District Attorney Dani Fox takes on the challenging case of a businessman who has been secretly molesting his young daughter for years.
• When in Doubt Add Butter by Beth Harbison. Dedicating herself to her culinary patrons including an old-fashioned fussy eater, a seriously overweight woman and a neurotic diner who believes she is allergic to everything, private chef Gemma Craig goes home every night to boxed cereals until an unexpected event compels a confrontation with the past and an unexpected romance.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!