A Librarian’s Busman’s Holiday

An article in the May 2013 issue of the “American Libraries” magazine discussed libraries at U.S. National Parks.  That could be considered a brilliant holiday for a librarian!  Yosemite National Park, for example, has 2 official collections plus the Sierra Club has a collection there.

There are 4 central office libraries and about 37 park libraries.  There are libraries from the African Burial Ground National Monument in Manhattan to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park in Hawaii.  Depending on locations then one could do one or more per year.

I think it would be cool to have a library as a fall back position on a rainy day and the rest of the park to visit over the course of a week or so, depending on the size of the park.  And if one worked at one of these libraries, maybe when the work is slow and there aren’t any visitors, there might be opportunities to sit outside and enjoy the views.  After all, why work there if you can’t enjoy the location?

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