Truth seekers – Reference librarians hunt down the most obscure facts

One From takes a nice look at the life of a reference librarian.

They say you can find all the answers by heading for the reference desk at your local library, where the person behind the counter is a detective, archaeologist and interpreter all in one. The most successful reference librarians combine a terrier’s persistence with an investigator’s flair for sleuthing. And they can be justifiably proud of their successes.

“We could look in a reference section and call other agencies and do interlibrary loans and feel you came to a reasonable end to things,” she said. “Now there’s an infinite number of things, millions of new Web pages added every day.”