JOSEPH HOYLE loves books but hates paperwork. He has been known to spend his lunchtime looking up the bizarre happenings.
What's the most unusual research you have ever had to do?
I was approached by a woman who informed me that she was a "White Witch" and asked if we had any books on love spells. Luckily I was aware of a special collection of books on the occult in the basement, known by the staff as "spooky corner" If you ever want information on how to deal with a vampire, that's your place.
What training did you do to get started?
Like most librarians, I first obtained a degree then studied for a postgraduate qualification in information science while working as a Library Assistant. Most postgraduate courses require that applicants have several months' work experience in a library or information environment.
What makes a good librarian?
Librarians have to be good jugglers and it also helps if you have a good memory and an inquisitive mind.
What do you love about your job?
I must admit that I also adore being surrounded by powerful and sophisticated technology which puts the world of information at my fingertips.
What do you hate?
Too much bureaucracy - I would love to spend less time writing reports.
A professional librarian in charge of a branch library can earn between £18,000 and £24,000.
What would you do if you were faced with a vampire?
I'd log on to the Internet, download the largest crucifix I could find and scare the hell out of the vampire.
If I didn't have time for all that, I'd just leg it.