Monday, March 3, 2014

Case Study No. 1273: "International Hug a Librarian Day"

Hug A Librarian
March 1st, is International Hug A Librarian Day!
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["Hug a Librarian Day" appears on screen, then cut to a male librarian ("Christopher Dames, Interim Dean of Libraries") speaking directly to the camera]
CHRISTOPHER DAMES: Hi, I'm Christopher Dames, dean of libraries at the University of Missouri Saint-Louis.
[cut to a female student inside the Thomas Jefferson Library on the UMSL campus, speaking directly to the camera]
FEMALE STUDENT 1: For Hug a Librarian Day, I will probably be here ... uh, working again, more on papers.
[cut back to Christopher speaking directly to the camera]
CHRISTOPHER DAMES: I've had several cases, when I used to work the reference desk of ... you find an answer for a patron, that they couldn't find, they get so excited that they immediately jump up and hug you.
[cut to another male librarian ("Paul Sharpe, Head of Access Services") speaking directly to the camera]
PAUL SHARPE: My name's Paul Sharpe, I am the head of access services here at the Uhm-Sell libraries.
[cut to another male librarian ("Clinton Berry, Reference Librarian") speaking directly to the camera]
CLINTON BERRY: My name is Clinton Berry, and I'm the coordinator of the reference collections here at the University of Missouri Saint-Louis.
[cut to a male student in the library, speaking directly to the camera]
MALE STUDENT: Today I was confused on looking for stuff I needed, and they really helped me out, so thanks to them.
[cut to another female student in the library, speaking directly to the camera]
FEMALE STUDENT 2: They spend time, like hours, with you. Help you figure out the right resources for my paper. That's really awesome.
[cut back to Paul speaking directly to the camera]
PAUL SHARPE: Uh, we're definitely a place of social interaction. Uh, a place of business. A place of learning, of course, but ... uh, we're constantly evolving.
[cut back to Clinton speaking directly to the camera]
CLINTON BERRY: As librarians, our roles are changing all the time, and anything that we can do to sort of get feedback ... uh, so if you're looking for a librarian to hug, I'm your guy! So, catch me in the library!


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Special thanks to the students and staff who participated in the making of this video at the Thomas Jefferson Library



When was the last time you hugged a librarian? Last week? Last year? Never?

Today is International Hug a Librarian Day and there's really no excuse for the campus community at the University of Missouri–St. Louis to ignore the men and women who have saved our academic lives more than once. Approach your favorite librarian cautiously, some of them are quite introverted, according to Christopher Dames, interim dean of libraries. They may appreciate a simple handshake.

Pick your favorite library: the Thomas Jefferson Library, the main library on North Campus; the St. Louis Mercantile Library in the Thomas Jefferson Library and the Ward E. Barnes Education Library on South Campus. Join the rest of the library lovers of the world and hug away!



Hug Your Librarian
By Laura Grace Weldon

This may or may not be International Hug a Librarian Day. There's some confusion online but then, librarians are too busy to keep up with fan clubs. These human search engines don't just find information, they also review, organize, assess, explain, figure out, calm small children, put up displays, run programs, read aloud, expand collections, help those of us who need to hone down an area of interest, and much more. Why limit librarian love to one day?

There are at least nine reasons to adore libraries and the professionals who make these places adoration-worthy, so we probably need a more than just a Hug A Librarian Day. Perhaps a commemorative week or better yet, month.

Here are some ways to celebrate:

* Surprise your favorite librarian with a hand-written thank you note.
* Join the GeekMom book club.
* Make gingerbread superhero cookies (because librarians are our heros).
* Read This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.
* Bring flowers, good coffee beans, homemade cookies, or a tray of fresh fruit for your librarians to enjoy.
* Indulge in some banned book projects.
* Wear an I Read Banned Books Bracelet.
* Cover a tote bag with quotes from your favorite literary characters.
* Vote yes for library levies.
* Start your own tiny library.
* Surprise your favorite librarian with a gift. Consider a certificate for dinner, theater performance, massage, or to use at a locally owned store.
* Watch campy librarian action movies.
* Attend library programs.
* Shape snacks that look like books out of fruit leather, honey, and chocolate.
* Organize your book collection into a lending library using book pockets and library cards, perhaps putting your stamp on each volume with a custom book embosser. Or use an all-in-one library kit.
* Make easy felt book covers, a more complex quilted composition book cover, or heck, try bookbinding.
* Plan an Edible Book Festival.
* Admit you're a Book Zombie.
* Read aloud books such as Librarian on the Roof! A True Story, The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians, and The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq.
* Oh, and give your librarian a hug!

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