It’s not just a saying. I really do learn something new. Every day. I’m lucky that way. I get to talk to so many different people who ask for so many different things that, inevitably, someone will ask me something that requires me to stop, think, search, and discover that I’m as interested in the answer as she or he is. The other day, a woman asked me the question every reference desk staff person hears…”I remember this movie, but I can’t remember the name, or who was in it, or much else about it…” It wasn’t long (thank you, internet) before I found the movie she described, “The Wave,” from 1981. It’s a 44-minute After School Special (remember those?) about a real-life high school teacher’s 1967 classroom experiment to teach students about fascism. The Library doesn’t own it, but we did find an available copy on MeLCat, the Michigan e-Library Catalog. Guess who’s next to request the film?
I am always excited to learn about new, old, unusual, or rare films. What makes library work so great is that I don’t just help others find information, I find information I didn’t even know I wanted. The real question is, who’s transforming whom?