January 25, 2022

“A Snapshot of a 21st-Century Librarian,” The Atlantic Interviews Indiana University Librarian, Theresa Quill

Kudos Theresa!

From the Introduction to the Interview by The Atlantic’s, Adrienne Green:

Theresa Quill, a research librarian at Indiana University, Bloomington, specializes in the relationship between geography and cultural behavior, and digital mapping. While she assists students in the same ways librarians traditionally have, she also works on projects like making maps based on interesting novels and indexing Russian war maps. I spoke with Quill about what it’s like to be a modern-day librarian, and how the job has changed since the days of dial-up internet. The following interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Here’s One Exchange From the Interview:

Green: You said that some people say being a librarian is a “calling.” Can you explain?

Quill: I don’t know that I agree that a person is born to be a librarian, but most librarians that I know seem to really love what they do. It’s a pretty service-heavy profession. Most librarians get into it because they like working with people and helping people, and I think that fosters the sense of community and collaboration. Those are things that are often parts of one’s individual personality as well.

Read the Complete Interview (approx. 1600 words)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.