This is a guest post by Josh Hanagarne, World’s Strongest Librarian. I have been following Josh’s blog for a little while just because it is so unique. The world’s strongest librarian? What is up with that? I recommend you go and see for yourself. It is a blog for “anyone looking to get stronger, healthier, smarter, and who wants to enjoy every day of their lives.”
And now, on with the show….
If you’ve ever said, “Wow, I’d like to travel but don’t know how to get started…” Or, “I’d like to travel but don’t know the best way to go about it…” Or, “I feel like I’m destined to travel the globe righting wrongs but I can’t get out the door because of a lack of information…”
There is help.
In short, if you’re interested in living a life of scandalous exploits, intrigue, and world travel, you’re going to need to plan, and plan well. You’ll need to stretch your dollars, resources, and make use of any personal connections you can.
Luckily, you have an ally very close to you.
And it’s all free.
What Librarians Do
My job is to do research and to occasionally tell some library patron to quit urinating on the library floor. Nobody seems to be able to find the restrooms in time.
But normally, people ask me questions and I find answers for them. I find that few people have more questions than those trying to get into world travel.
But in my job, any question is fair game. Now, I certainly don’t know all the answers. Far from it. But I do know where to look. I can find just about anything. And if I can’t, I know who can.
Many of these patrons say things like, “I thought I could find everything on Google, but I couldn’t track this down.”
The Jet Set Citizen cannot afford to make guesses. You may not be able to rely on Google.
Google is Great!
First of all, lots of shrill, hysterical librarians go into spasms of terror at the thought that Google will replace them.
The truth is, I love Google and I use it all the time, but it’s not about to replace people who really know how to find information. Not yet, at least.
And when you need answers with high stakes attached to them, a search engine may not be your best friend.
But I’ll be your friend, friend.
Deep Web + Librarian = Volcanic Love Affair Of Answers And Majesty
Google can show you over one trillion pages on the Internet. Meaning, you can type in a search term and over one trillion pages might have that information returned to you.
But those trillion pages are a tiny fraction of what is on the web. Google can only show you the surface of the surface. This is fine when you type in “hot dog ingredients” or “How to put my landlord in a super-tight headlock he can’t escape from.”
But what if you want to know information that isn’t quite so general—for instance, “What’s the best fare from New York to London next Thursday?”—that’s a question Google can’t understand.
Your librarian can bridge the gap. The top dogs make their living providing the information that nobody else can get to.
Here’s Why It Matters To The Jet Set Citizen
There is so much information on the web that it hidden behind passwords, locked away in secluded databases, and stored on pages without links pointing to them. It’s all good stuff and you can use it all!
If you can find it.
And if you don’t live near a library, or your own librarian has told you to shush too many times, I am only an email away.
Consider that an invitation.
About the Author: Josh Hanagarne writes World’s Strongest Librarian, a blog with advice about living with Tourette’s Syndrome, book recommendations, buying pants when you’re 6’8”, old-time strongman training, and much more. Please subscribe to Josh’s RSS Updates and Stronger, Smarter, Better Newsletter to stay in touch.