Shouldn’t we be hiring librarians who think and behave differently? Who see the world differently? Won’t that necessarily make for better libraries? I sometimes feel that librarianship is a closed society and that only those with a “very particular set of skills,” as Liam Neeson so cryptically stated in Taken, are accepted fully into its ranks. And I’m not talking about professional skills. I’m talking about tribal norms. If you’re not part of the tribe, how welcome or valued are you in this profession?
Are we afraid of something? If so, what?