Books arts exhibition, Lafayette College, 2006, photo by D.J. Chuang, Creative Commons license
The stories of why I became a librarian are manifold, but I realized today that probably the real reason is air conditioning. Colorado Springs doesn't get anywhere near as hot as other places I've lived, but it's been hot enough for the last few days that I've been appreciating the coolness (temperature-wise) of Tutt Library, and remembering how nice it was to work in libraries in the summers in NY, MA, PA, and NC.
Rare books and manuscripts, you see, are supposed to remain at a fairly stable temperature and humidity. Not all libraries have the same rule, but here at Tutt we try to stay between 61 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit and between 41 and 44% relative humidity. My office isn't quite as cool as the collections areas, but it's still way cooler than outside. And every time I enter our collections area I get a nice blast of coolness, kinda like when I'd find any excuse to go to the walk-in refrigerator when I worked at a pizza shop in high school.