Francis Bacon once wrote, “some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Bacon meant to say that different books call for different reading approaches. Some you can simply peruse, some you can sample only parts, and others still call for your undivided attention. His writing on books was in correlation with studies in general, but I will spin those words Sir Bacon, and go so far as to say that there are books for all tastes and that it is a great thing indeed that my tastes are eclectic.
Hey there! I’m Jamie K., librarian and bibliophile. I have had a life-long love affair with books. Here you will find cerebrations, cogitations, and contemplations on all things books, librarians, and life.
I love to read. Really. Love. To. Read. I know that most librarians would agree with this statement, but it’s not the real reason why I got into librarianship in the first place.
I have always had a keen interest in history. In college, that interest narrowed into a focus on medieval history and literature. Barbarians, knights, damsels, Vikings, peasants, kings, saga, romance, crusade….cool stuff, right? In grad school I actually found out more about what medieval people were eating, thinking, and sure enough, reading. The more I learned about medieval manuscripts and manuscript culture, the more I wanted to work strictly with them. Bah humbug to everything else!
I think it is safe to assume that most new librarians would consider the “gatekeeper” aspect of librarianship old, worn out, and completely irrelevant to today. Regardless, I couldn’t help but to see myself locked in a dark tower with my dusty old tomes holding the keys to past and future knowledge. Yes. I want that!
So that’s what I did. I became a librarian, albeit a slightly different one than in my vision. I’ve worked in museums, public libraries, and academic libraries. I’ll let you guess which one is my favorite. I hope these musings and writings inspire you to find your inner book guardian, and that you find some new and interesting reading material for your veracious literary appetites. Pleasant Reading!