Archive for the 'Librarian Stereotype' Category

Aaah, yes: it’s the time of the year when we reflect on

Monday, December 12th, 2011

a particular librarian stereotype, of which BCJ reminds me. I personally prefer to think of this profession as the best of all possible worlds.

A Look at the Scarcity of Black, Male Librarians

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

At the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in New York a few years back, a fellow, who if I recall correctly worked for a news organization in Dallas at the time, who is very tall and African-American graced us with his presence. He says he gets lots of weird looks when he tells people his […]

Hollywood Librarian Film Beverly Public Library Oct 1 7 pm

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The Beverly Public Library is showing the film Hollywood Librarian on Monday Oct 1, 2007 at 7 p.m. The film explores the contrast between how libraries and librarians are portrayed in film vs. reality. It was shown at the 2007 ALA Conference in Washington DC. Adult tickets are $8.00; children over 6 and seniors $5.00. […]

An Odd One for Friday: "There’s an ENTIRE SUBCULTURE OF LIBRARIANS WHO BLOG out there."

Friday, December 1st, 2006

I saw this post on Library Stuff called I’m Scared. Hold Me., so I followed the link and found a post about librarians who blog. "There’s an ENTIRE SUBCULTURE OF LIBRARIANS WHO BLOG out there. A sad, bizarre subculture. … LIBRARIANS. Who BLOG. What in the HELL could they have to BLOG about??" What’s even […]

Putting the Stereotype in the Librarian

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

I spotted this link on a discussion list and found the page a bit amusing. It’s transforming a kinda punky librarian into someone more along the lines of a lipstick librarian. For some librarians, the punky image is the better image. The lipstick librarian is one that’s closer to the traditional stereotype many dislike.

Breaking News: Librarian Rides Motorcycle, Writes Book

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Shirl Kennedy, a librarian at MacDill Air Force Base and a contributor to the ResourceShelf, recently made Tampa Bay’s 10 News because she rides a motorcycle to work and wrote the book The Savvy Guide to Motorcycles. The news station presents the story as if it’s a surprise that a librarian would ride a motorcycle. […]

Librarians Aren’t Software Innovators?!? What?!?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Hello, Adam. I’m j. I’m a software, well, information technology innovator and a librarian. If you don’t believe that, perhaps some of my friends can vouch for me. If your RSS dinner meshes with my crowded schedule, perhaps I can prove to you in person that some librarians do cool things with technology. Y’all, let’s […]

Research Indicates Librarianship is Boring, Stressful

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Completely counter to librarianship being an excellent career worth pursuing is this article about research showing librarians are stressed out and bored–another stereotype of the profession. People on the discussion list for solo librarians, where a colleage in New Zealand shared the article, wonder which librarians or library workers the researcher asked and if the […]

Career as Librarian Underrated, but Excellent

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Marty Nemko of US News and World Report lists librarianship as one of the excellent career choices of 2006, falling in line with the common perception (and quite possibly fact) that being a librarian is a great job. I’ve read several posts about Nemko’s comments. Steven’s thoughts are shared by others.

Committee on the Portrayal of Librarians?

Friday, December 30th, 2005

I heard a blip on an October Weekend America about a committee that’s part of the American Psychological Association that focuses on the portrayal of those professionals in films. It’s a way of monitoring the stereotype in order to counteract it. Is there something like that for librarians? Do we need one?