The second lives of four librarians

June 15, 2017 13:26

‘The job satisfies my fantasy of being an eternal student'

Galila Sfarim

Galila Sfarim. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Every Hanukka some 250 librarians and 50 authors convene in the offices of well-established Hebrew publisher Danny Books in Kiryat Gat for a joint event. While they all share a common passion, many of the librarians have made their present career decision fairly late in life.

“I was born with the name Galila Sfarim [books in Hebrew], but it took a while for me to get the hint,” laughs Galila Sfarim, a Jerusalemite psychologist who turned librarian. At the age of 50, with three children, she managed to finish her BA and MA in psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem plus three other master’s degrees: in learning difficulties at Northwestern University, developmental psychology at the Hebrew University, and information science at the David Yellin College of Education. Today, she works at the Hebrew University’s central library on Mt. Scopus.


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