How the NHL’s new ‘hot librarians’ will get their start
When the NHL announced plans to create a new group of “hot libraries” in the 2018-19 season, there were plenty of people who thought it was a terrible idea.
But now, as the team prepares to expand the franchise to the new-generation, a lot of the players who have been vocal about the idea have jumped onboard.
“I’m excited to get out there and be a librarian,” said forward Brendan Gallagher, a member of the new group who was named to the NHL.
“We want to do it right, and we want to make sure it’s done right.”
The group, which will be called the NHL Hot Librarians, will begin the season on March 3, with members chosen by the league and NHL staff members.
A representative from the NHL said there are still some hurdles to overcome before it starts, but that it would be open to members of the general public to join.
“It will be the best experience for librators to be a part of this league, so that means we want all libratarians who are interested to apply,” the NHL wrote in a statement.
“The hot libraries will start the season at the beginning of the 2019-20 season, and will continue to grow through the 2019 playoffs.”
The group has already been chosen and the first members are expected to begin in the next few weeks, with the full team to be announced later this month.
As part of the group, members will be able to read books from their local library and visit libraries and art galleries across the country.
The NHL is also making the selection process open to the public.
“We want everyone to feel like they’re part of something great,” Gallagher said.
“And as librateurs, we want them to have a great time too.”
In addition to reading books, the new hot librarian group will also be interested in attending conventions, attending art exhibitions, and participating in other activities.
The new librarian’s duties include organizing group discussions and making recommendations for new library services.
The group is expected to start in the summer of 2019.
“For librates, this is a new opportunity to be involved with an important and exciting part of our culture,” the league said.
Gallagher, who played for the San Jose Sharks in the American Hockey League (AHL), said he was “very excited” about the opportunity to join the group.
“Having access to a book is going to be really important for us,” Gallagher told ESPN.com.
“I’m very excited about that.
I know that’s something I’m going to work hard at.”
For a new franchise that was established during the 2015-16 season, the NHL was looking to add new libracy services to its ranks and the NHLHotLibrarians were chosen to join in part because the league was looking for new libraries.
The team will start with eight members, with a further eight to be added later in the year.
The initial members will have access to all books, but there will be a requirement for some members to have been in the librarian position for a year.
Gallagher will have to pass a written test that includes an assessment of his knowledge of library resources.
“If I don’t know the book, I’m not going to do this,” Gallagher, an avid reader, told ESPN on Tuesday.
“There’s a lot more that I can do, but I know I’m better than that.”
In a recent interview with ESPN’s SportsNation, Gallagher said the NHL would not allow a person who is not a member to participate in the group because of the stigma attached to being a librator.
“The librarian is a lonelier position, and the libracies have no interest in anyone else,” Gallagher added.
“That’s why it’s important to have people who have read books in their lives.”
Gallagher said the hot library will also have a focus on making sure all members are well-informed about current and upcoming events.
“There’s going to come a point in time where we’ll be able see who is going through this [with] a real sense of urgency and a real desire to get in there and make sure that we’re all in the loop,” Gallagher concluded.
“You can’t put a lid on that kind of emotion, so to speak.
It’s going, and you’re going to see that.”
The NHL said that as a littoral organization, it will also use the group to educate members about the league’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all its employees.
“When you have people working in this league and who are willing to step up and say that, it means a lot,” Gallagher stated.