The Jet Set Citizen, The Deep Web, And A Match Made In Heaven

The World's Strongest Librarian: Josh Hanagarne

The World's Strongest Librarian: Josh Hanagarne

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.

They’re lame.

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.




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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

11 Responses to The Jet Set Citizen, The Deep Web, And A Match Made In Heaven

  1. Gordie Rogers says:

    Nice to see you on here too, Josh. See you’re still doing the guest post ultra-marathon. 🙂

  2. Nate says:

    This is a really cool idea for a post. And Josh, your blog is great! I had never thought of librarians to be amazing fact and answer finding machines, but apparently they are! Very nice.

  3. Colin Wright says:

    Fantastic! Going to subscribe to your site right now…

    Your point about Google not understanding certain kinds of questions is dead on, and that’s part of what the developers of so-called ‘Web 3.0’ semantic search software are trying to figure out. It’s a really difficult thing to do, though, so I imagine we’ll need librarians to help us figure out those ever-so-important-but-difficult-to-find-answers-to questions for quite some time into the future.

    In fact, I imagine we’ll always need human intermediaries for these machines to some degree…no matter how quickly they are able to file through databases and pull up matching keywords, they’ll never learn to…love.
    .-= Colin Wright´s last blog ..Sentimentality is the Enemy of Evolution =-.

  4. Kristin says:

    I never thought to ask a librarian about travel. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve asked a librarian anything since I learned the Dewey Decimal System. It just never crossed my mind that there was a logical answer to all my frustrated Google-sent-me-on-a-wild-goose-chase rants!

    Headed to the library now…

    Thanks!
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..ugly sticky mess =-.

  5. @gordie: Yes sir, I’m about 30 posts in and there’s no end in sight. It’s been staggering for traffic, though.

    @Nate: a word of warning–not all librarians ARE, but they’re all SUPPOSED to be able to do this stuff. If you get a lame one, don’t let them off the hook.

    @Colin: Right, sir. If Hollywood has taught me anything, it’s that you shouldn’t give machines too much power. Otherwise, it leads to way too many sub-par sequels that never should have been made:)

    @Kristin: Where are you from? As I said to Nate, those librarians should be able to help you. Get on their case if they go to Google, give up, and send you on your way.
    .-= Josh Hanagarne´s last blog ..A Holly Jolly Tale Of Satanic Madness! =-.

  6. John says:

    Thanks for all the comments everyone.

    @Kristin Actually, I haven’t thought to ask a librarian a question in years either. In this Google age, it hasn’t even come to my mind. @Josh, where’s the nearest bathroom? 🙂

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  9. Haha, wow I enjoyed this article.
    I haven’t used a library in ages really, last time was in primary school for projects, when the internet wasn’t as cool as it is now.

    I do agree that there is plenty of information, but sometimes can be impossible to find.
    Thanks for the awesome interview!

    Cheers
    .-= Diggy -Upgradereality.com´s last blog ..Travel,Adventure,Lifestyle Design,Self Improvement and Passion =-.

  10. @John, that’s an easy question: wherever you’re at, according to most of the people I wind up scolding. The nearest bathroom is wherever you’re at.

    @Diggy: The Internet is very, very cool, you’re right. The library is a different sort of cool. My system currently spends several hundred thousand dollars each year to subscribe to very powerful, expensive databases that you can’t get to on the “public” web. Anybody with a library card can get just about anything they want, online or off.
    .-= Josh Hanagarne´s last blog ..Guest Post Ultra-Marathon Update Two =-.

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