Ask a Question!

Ask us any death-related question, and we’ll do our best to answer it!

ask@deathreferencedesk.org

We’ll email you your answer within a few days — the really interesting and unusual ones will be posted on the site. Don’t worry, we’ll never reveal your full name or your email.

Remember, we are not lawyers or doctors and cannot give legal or medical advice — but we may be able to help you track down appropriate services near you if you provide your city and state/province (optional).

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2 thoughts on “Ask a Question!

  • tiffany, 04 February 6:01 pm

    I am going to school for my MLIS at San Jose State University and just discovered there might be such a thing as a ‘death librarian’ through your website??????? THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO!!!!! Please tell me more! What do I need to do to become a death librarian? Where would I work? What background do I need to have? Help help help help!!! Thank you!

    1. Meg Holle, 05 February 10:44 pm

      Aw, Tiffany, I feel like I’m about to break your heart! But being a death librarian… we kinda made it up. We are actual librarians with actual MLIS degrees, but nothing makes you a death librarian other than calling yourself a death librarian. If you’re curious about becoming one of us (us, who answer the questions we get here at the Death Reference Desk), well, we only get a 2-3 questions per year, so we don’t need additional help, nor do I think it would provide you with much experience (if that’s what you’re after).

      Realistically, you can be a librarian + an aficionado for [insert your specific death-related topic] or advocate of [whatever death-related issue your passionate about], without an official title. If you want to get paid for it, “medical librarian” might be the closest you’re going to get, or take a more archival route and get yourself a gnarly, death-related collection to care for.

      As you’re probably learning in your MLIS program, there’s a lot you an do with the degree, by accident or design. So you might also take your specific interest and drill into how you can become a researcher of or information consultant on that thing.

      If you haven’t seen it already, you might like The Order of the Good Death: http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/

      Good luck in your studies and quest! <3 Meg

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