A young public librarian's account of dealing with the public, navigating important library issues, and not just reading all day.

In early days, I tried not to give librarians any trouble, which was where I made my primary mistake. Librarians like to be given trouble; they exist for it, they are geared to it. For the location of a mislaid volume, an uncatalogued item, your good librarian has a ferret’s nose. Give her a scent and she jumps the leash, her eye bright with battle.

—Catherine Drinker Bowen.  Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 9. 1959

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