Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Best Job in the World

librarians help everyoneWhen I was young(er) I wanted to be an astronaut.  Flying up in space, lighter than air - what a ride.  Then about age 10 I wanted to be a fireman.  Around 13 I wanted to be a doctor, then at 17 a pharmacologist, and later an accountant (yeah, that one must have been when I smacked my head pretty hard), then around 21, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer.

After I graduated from law school I worked for a time doing research and investigative work for attorneys in Orange and Los Angeles Counties until a friend suggested I get a masters degree and become a librarian - so I did and here I am and I have to say, I've got the best job in the world.  What really blows my mind is that I actually know what I'm doing  when I'm doing librarian stuff.  Let me elucidate.

The other day we had a guy looking for information on Medicare.  Seems the government was looking to cut his medicare benefits because he made some money gambling in Vegas (I know, I know - no one makes money in Vegas except the casinos - so it was a stretch...but who am I to judge) and they said he was making too much money to earn medicare.  Anyway, turns out our library has a two volume set called Medical and Medicare: claims and procedures (West) that was right up his alley.

Then I was online helping a lady who was looking for information about Unlawful Detainer (i.e. evictions and landlord/tenant stuff).  Apparently, she was wondering if she could sue in Small Claims Court for monies owed to her by her tenant.  Quicker than I could blink, I suggested she look at Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California (Nolo Press).  

Just today a guy came up to me looking for information about discovery in a criminal case.  Without thinking I walked him back to our criminal section and in about 5 minutes, I had him looking in Witkin's California Criminal Law (West), and (the bible of criminal law) California Criminal Law: procedure and practice (CEB).

So whether you are looking to get married and need a prenuptial agreement, you're just looking to sell a car and you need a simple bill of sale, you're local county law library knows what you're looking for.  They really can.  Just walk in your local county law library and know that you are in good hands because we're Law Librarians and (most of us) LOVE our jobs!