“Librarian to the Stars”

“Librarian to the Stars” — what a great title (an honorary one, bestowed by a grateful author) and an inspiring story to begin the new year. The Dec. 31st issue of the New York Times profiles NYPL’s David Smith. With quotes from the many well-known authors he has helped, it’s a wonderful thank-you to one librarian, but also by association, to all the other librarians around the country who, as Smith modestly puts it, “expedite the use of the library.” Smith organized a holiday reception for the many authors who couldn’t have written their books without the library, a smart way to increase public recognition.

It’s amusing that the article finds it necessary to point out that Smith and his fellow reference librarians “provide information free.”

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