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A Librarian’s Rant

Okay, so obviously with all that has happened to me because of Typhoon Ketsana aka Ondoy, I pretty much should be ranting about that, or at the very least, tell my tale of what happened during those times. And I will, I promise you, since I’m already making a sort of recollection of what happened during that flood (I’m getting blanks during my recollection, actually, probably from trauma… but don’t worry, I’ll remember it). For now, there is one thing I’m very mad about.

It started with a simple TV show, which Filipinos know as “Maala-ala Mo Kaya”. The episode that I saw today pretty much touched my heart, since it told the story of small-town teachers and their hardships in getting their students the proper education for their future. Even as a Librarian, I can pretty much relate to what they were telling, since I also would like the students that borrow my books to be great and successful citizens in the future.

Unfortunately, my sister just had to ruin the great feeling of watching that TV show. As she was getting ready for work, she smirked at me and said, “Parang yung isang tao dyan, gusto daw mag-ala teacher (Like some people here, who said she wants to be a teacher)”. This, coupled with the fact that she has been doing nothing but complain since she arrived a few moments ago, and her butting into my personal business, pretty much ticked me off.

I mean, seriously, what the heck?! It’s too bad you guys couldn’t see her smirk, but if you did, you’d probably smack her. I wanted to, anyway. Just because I’m a librarian doesn’t mean I’m “bound” to be stuck in a library. Just because I’m a librarian doesn’t mean I can’t teach. Heck, I’m teaching already just by giving out books to the schools and students who need them.

Sheesh, I can’t believe that people have become so narrow-minded. Librarians are not just some “clerks” that you see in the Library. We are information specialists. Why do you think there’s a course in college called “Library and Information Science”? Argh. It just makes me so mad, I can’t even write straight. Librarians and the library are an important aspect in a school. We’re not just some random people who got stuck in a library because a principal or a school head ordered us to. We’re there in the library because we studied about it. We’re there because we believe that books and reading are important to people. We’re there in that library because we believe that wrong or inaccurate information could be fatal for a student’s education!

I hate people like this… those who belittle librarians AND teachers. I, for one, believe that teachers and librarians are no different from each other. Why? Because they both aim for the goal of educating students. Because they both have to work hard to make sure that their students have wonderful futures ahead of them. Because they both believe that illiteracy is a disease that should be cured. Even you, the person who is reading this, owe your reading skills to a teacher or a librarian. Without them, all you would be seeing are just some random letters and not understand a word I’m writing. Heck, I OWE my reading and writing skills to both my teachers and the past librarians I’ve met. If it weren’t for them, I’d be pretty much dead, since it takes reading skills to read something as simple as street signs.

And yes, I happen to be passionate about my work as a librarian. I owe that part to my college professors (BIG shout out to my professors at the CEU Library and Information Science, by the way).

So yeah, STOP poking fun at teachers, librarians AND those students who aspire to be teachers or librarians. It’s not funny at all when you make fun of a person whose job is to create doctors, nurses, lawyers, artists and even Presidents from his/her students.

Poking fun at the very people who sacrifice so much of their time, money and life to make this country a little better… sheeesh, what is the world coming to?

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - October 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Categories: ingrates, librarians, rants, stupid people, teachers, TV shows   Tags:

A Librarian's Rant

Okay, so obviously with all that has happened to me because of Typhoon Ketsana aka Ondoy, I pretty much should be ranting about that, or at the very least, tell my tale of what happened during those times. And I will, I promise you, since I’m already making a sort of recollection of what happened during that flood (I’m getting blanks during my recollection, actually, probably from trauma… but don’t worry, I’ll remember it). For now, there is one thing I’m very mad about.

It started with a simple TV show, which Filipinos know as “Maala-ala Mo Kaya”. The episode that I saw today pretty much touched my heart, since it told the story of small-town teachers and their hardships in getting their students the proper education for their future. Even as a Librarian, I can pretty much relate to what they were telling, since I also would like the students that borrow my books to be great and successful citizens in the future.

Unfortunately, my sister just had to ruin the great feeling of watching that TV show. As she was getting ready for work, she smirked at me and said, “Parang yung isang tao dyan, gusto daw mag-ala teacher (Like some people here, who said she wants to be a teacher)”. This, coupled with the fact that she has been doing nothing but complain since she arrived a few moments ago, and her butting into my personal business, pretty much ticked me off.

I mean, seriously, what the heck?! It’s too bad you guys couldn’t see her smirk, but if you did, you’d probably smack her. I wanted to, anyway. Just because I’m a librarian doesn’t mean I’m “bound” to be stuck in a library. Just because I’m a librarian doesn’t mean I can’t teach. Heck, I’m teaching already just by giving out books to the schools and students who need them.

Sheesh, I can’t believe that people have become so narrow-minded. Librarians are not just some “clerks” that you see in the Library. We are information specialists. Why do you think there’s a course in college called “Library and Information Science”? Argh. It just makes me so mad, I can’t even write straight. Librarians and the library are an important aspect in a school. We’re not just some random people who got stuck in a library because a principal or a school head ordered us to. We’re there in the library because we studied about it. We’re there because we believe that books and reading are important to people. We’re there in that library because we believe that wrong or inaccurate information could be fatal for a student’s education!

I hate people like this… those who belittle librarians AND teachers. I, for one, believe that teachers and librarians are no different from each other. Why? Because they both aim for the goal of educating students. Because they both have to work hard to make sure that their students have wonderful futures ahead of them. Because they both believe that illiteracy is a disease that should be cured. Even you, the person who is reading this, owe your reading skills to a teacher or a librarian. Without them, all you would be seeing are just some random letters and not understand a word I’m writing. Heck, I OWE my reading and writing skills to both my teachers and the past librarians I’ve met. If it weren’t for them, I’d be pretty much dead, since it takes reading skills to read something as simple as street signs.

And yes, I happen to be passionate about my work as a librarian. I owe that part to my college professors (BIG shout out to my professors at the CEU Library and Information Science, by the way).

So yeah, STOP poking fun at teachers, librarians AND those students who aspire to be teachers or librarians. It’s not funny at all when you make fun of a person whose job is to create doctors, nurses, lawyers, artists and even Presidents from his/her students.

Poking fun at the very people who sacrifice so much of their time, money and life to make this country a little better… sheeesh, what is the world coming to?

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 2:04 pm

Categories: ingrates, librarians, rants, stupid people, teachers, TV shows   Tags:

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