Librarians I think about

  • Assurbanipal (668-627 BC) at Nineveh;
  • Eratosthenus (276-195 BC) at Alexandria;
  • Marcus Terentius Varro (116-27 BC) of Rome;
  • St. Jerome (342-420) patron saint of librarians;
  • Charlemagne (742-814) at Aachen who established schools that included scriptoria;
  • Thomas Jefferson (1747-1826) father of the Library of Congress;
  • Anthony Panizzi (1797-1879) principal librarian, British Museum;
  • Cardinal Francisco Ehrle (1845-1934) at the Vatican Library;
  • José Toribio Medina (1852-1930) Spanish American bibliographer;
  • Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskîa (1869-1939) founder of the Soviet library system;
  • Ladies Library Associations of the State of Michigan (1876).*
  • Jennie Maas Flexner (1882-1944) readers’ advisor;
  • Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) "As We May Think";
  • Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) director of Biblioteca Nacional of Argentina;
  • Major Owens (1936-) librarian in Congress
  • St. Leibowitz (canonized 3174).**
Source: Using Ockham's Razor: Cutting to the Center.

*To me these Associations represent the role of women activists in establishing U.S. libraries. For further information see Kathleen Weibel and Kathleen M. Heim, The Role of Women in Librarianship, 1876-1976; The Entry, Advancement and Struggle for Equalization in One Profession (Phoenix: Neal-Schuman/Oryx, 1979), p. 3-4; 1954-01.

**Walter M. Miller, p. 109. Though a work of fiction, A Canticle for Leibowitz, is a profound tribute to the value placed on the role of librarians. Initially published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1955. Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1959)