ATG Quirkies: Bored with your library job? Try this instead.

globe pixabayIf you feel like your stuck in a rut The Bizarre Lives of Congress’s Global Treasure-Hunters by Rachel Roubein may offer another option. It tells the story of the little-known Library of Congress’s Overseas Offices. The folks staffing this unit of LC are not your typical librarians. They don’t spend their days sitting in front of a computer trying to keep an ILS in working order, or catalog new books, or search databases looking for articles.  “They’re tasked with tracking down critical-yet-obscure materials from around the globe and bringing them stateside, all with the goal of making sure Congress—and anyone else who wants to use its library—has access to the world’s most current and comprehensive collection of information…”

Sounds pretty cool, huh!  Kind of like the “Monuments Men” of the library world – but without George Clooney.

 

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)

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