I'm sort of a small-town librarian. I don't actually work in a public library, but instead work in a regional office where I act as a resource to any of the public, school, and special librarians in my region.
It's fascinating to see how different, yet the same all the libraries I work with are.
I totally love my small town library - small county actually - we serve about 11K people. Of course - till the Internet came along we could not really serve them the way we wanted to - you just can't squeeze but so much money out of so few people. But now, it's fun all the time. I've been there for ages and now babies who were in my pre-school story hour are bringing their children to get their first library cards. Just typing this makes my heart sing.
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I loved working with a small rural library in a small town. I was there for ten years and served all ages in the community. It was a wonderful experience. Deborah
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It can be great when you are able to establish a good rapport with your patrons, and I think that is often more possible in a small town where you see your patrons on a regular basis both inside and outside of the library. Sounds like you have found your niche.
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Really small towns where you know all your patrons by name and when they see you on the street they ask you to renew their books! Or they promise you they really will return those books. I've had patrons bring me vegetables, fresh trout and venison they've shot. Of course, this isn't Mayberry, and sometimes I know way too much about my patrons that I wish I didn't. Still, I'd much rather work in a small library than in a large one and know everyone, warts and all.
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