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?

Radical, Militant Librarians Jokes on Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me

Monday, December 19th, 2005

The radio show Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me jokes about radical, militant librarians early in the December 17 show and asks at the show’s end what librarians will do to get back at the FBI.

A Blog about the Librarian Stereotype

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Librarians-The Image and the Myth is a blog dealing with the librarian stereotype and the image of the librarian.

News Media Notices Librarians Challenge Librarian Stereotype

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

The Associated Press carries an article showing how librarians are challenging the traditional librarian stereotype. As Jessamyn points out, she’s included in the article. I wonder if blogging the Democratic National Convention counts as breaking the stereotype.

Librarians Pose for Calendar

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Some Wisconsin librarians had the idea of posing for a calendar as a farewell present to a retiring colleague. The cost of the project made them rethink their plan. They decided to sell calendars to the public as a way to raise funds for their libraries. Some British librarians undertook a similar project in December […]

Using a Librarian Stereotype to Market a Bar

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

This blog post is about an ad for the Library Bar using women who are dressed up like the sexy, smart librarian stereotype. I swear I picked my tagline about quiet late last night before encountering all these great librarian things to blog about. Addendum 8/14: LISNews also mentions this ad.

The Librarian Halo

Monday, July 18th, 2005

One of the scratchpad’s readers pointed me to this comic with the explicit instructions of looking in the top right corner. hee hee hee Thanks, JSL!

Harvard Asks Sexy Librarian for Legal Fees

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

LISNews reports on the latest development in the discrimination case librarian Desiree Goodwin brought against Harvard University. A court decided Harvard did not discriminate against her. The university is now asking Goodwin to reimburse some of their legal expenses.

What Makes a Librarian a Librarian?

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Since last week was National Library Week, it seems appropriate that I share this anecdote. A few weeks ago, I overheard someone who works in a library, does not have a library degree, and does not do the work of a librarian tell someone else that I’m not a real librarian because I don’t work […]

The Return of The … Librarian?

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

birdle on LISNews reports TNT is preparing a sequel to The Librarian: Quest for the Spear.

The Return of The Librarian

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

birdle on LISNews reports TNT is preparing a sequel to The Librarian: Quest for the Spear.

Age for Age Discrimination Suits Lowered

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

When I read the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to make it easier for workers over age 40 to sue for discrimination, I wondered what protections exist for age discrimination in the other direction: people younger than 40 not being hired because they’re too young. We hear a lot about age discrimination in cases involving older […]

Lots of Monkeys on the Future of Libraries

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Can I just say that I like the title of this post? Jessamyn highlighting the section of the post where Fil expresses surprise that the librarians he met aren’t like our profession’s negative stereotype at all caught my eye. I think the entire post is worth a look because of the inclusion of members of […]

T-shirts for Librarians

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

My #1 fan Amy Disch sent me this link. Can I just say that I really hate the slogans about shushing? I’m not sure why. I just don’t think they’re funny. Usually I have a sense of humor about shushing. But it’s definitely high time I ordered a shirt. I finally have good places […]

More Female Librarians Overweight than Businesswomen

Friday, February 11th, 2005

According to a few paragraphs in this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, economist Josephine Olson of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh discovered female librarians are more likely to be overweight than women in business in a study she conducted in 1988. One quote in particular is causing a bit […]

Will the Real Marian Please Present Herself?

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Blake reports the inspiration for Marian the Librarian in The Music Man attended a recent performance of the musical.

Maybe Listening to Books on Tape Isn’t Cheating …

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Thanks, Jessamyn!

Librarian Characters in Films and Books

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

Amidst a brief discussion about the Sunday evening film The Librarian: Quest for the Spear on Newslib, Gary Price pointed me to this ResourceShelf post about new domains with librarian in them. goes to a site with information about films with librarians as characters, from some wonderful classics to modern features. looks like […]

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

From the producer of Independence Day comes this exciting adventure about librarians, played by Bob Newhart and Noah Wyle, who guard some of the world’s most valuable treasures, like the Arc of the Covenant. When a portion of the Spear of Destiny falls into the wrong hands, Wylie’s character must travel around the world (accompanied […]

You’re welcome, Lisa!

Sunday, November 28th, 2004

I could say something about that stereotype about librarians being good with figures and numerical data, but I know that’s not entirely true. When the bill includes 15 or more people, I hand it off to Wendy. ; )

Soft Porn

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

So I guess what I’m doing wrong with this blog is that I’m not adding enough soft porn. Apparently, the Wired article about Jessamyn is bringing her some good traffic, especially to her naked librarians page.

“One of the Things I Like about Librarians is that Many Lead Such Interesting Lives,”

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

he said to me. “Look at your own life,” I replied.

Hot Chicks and Sexy Librarians

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

The other day when I was giving my presentation, I mentioned how I almost always have referer links for "hot chicks." Of course, Wednesday night was one night in a few where these links were not easy to spot in my log, if they were there at all. Friday night, I had an added bonus: […]

Hot Chicks in Libraries

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

I overheard a guy say ‘What is it with all these hot chicks in libraries? I wish I would have known this sooner.”

Photographed for Book to Counter Librarian Stereotype

Monday, June 7th, 2004

I stared at a woman’s name tag and her bag with on it in big letters for a few moments before I realized they seemed familiar because I had blogged about the Web site a few months ago. Cynthia Wilson is working on a book of photographs of librarians to show the variety of […]

More About “Naughty Librarian” Glasses

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

One of my blog readers sent me the URL for this article and told me to look for the “naughty librarian” bits. It’s about Tina Fey’s glasses, which are similar to the ones Liv Tyler wore at the Oscars that caused, ahem, a small stir.

Photo Project to Counter the Librarian Stereotype

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

Library student Cynthia Wilson is looking for all kinds of librarians to photograph to show the variety of people working in our profession as a way to counter the stereotypes. Her contact information is on the site I am a librarian. Spotted on LIS News

Overheard: Description of a Librarian

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

“That librarian looks like she just walked out of a Norman Rockwell painting showing a librarian.” While some of you would gasp at this description in horror, I can only wonder what American painter Norman Rockwell’s concept of a librarian would be. I can’t remember any artwork I’ve seen attributed to him specifically depicting a […]

A Biotech Librarian Will Run the Boston Marathon

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

Sandra, a biotech librarian, is part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team running the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 19. Go, Sandra, go! (Who says librarians can’t be athletic?)

Sexy Librarian Allusions in Photo Caption

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004

A solo librarian posted this photo caption to an e-mail discussion list today, which started a very brief conversation about men’s librarian fantasies: “Liv Tyler’s librarian glasses were a big hit among men celebrating at the ‘Lord of the Rings’ post-Oscar party.” The small, black, ovular frames are kinda snazzy. Speaking of glasses, I went […]

How to Get Out of a Bad Conversation in Three Stitches or Fewer

Monday, January 26th, 2004

While I was at a campaign event this weekend, a woman from New Jersey began talking to me. I was knitting in the round with circular needles. The woman, who said she has only knit scarves and a few baby sweaters, began asking me lots of questions about what I was doing. Then, she asked […]

Librarians Pose for Charity Calendar

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003

“The myth of the prim and proper librarian has been shattered in the latest example of ordinary women baring all for a charity calendar.” A senior librarian says, “Some people think it is a little demeaning to the profession but we think it is tasteful. It shows that librarians have a life outside and that […]

A Young Librarian Writes about Ageism in the Profession

Friday, December 12th, 2003

From the American Library Association’s New Members Round Table’s newsletter Footnotes, the author talks about her experiences as a young librarian as well as including stories of others who have experienced ageism from professional colleagues and the public. Librarianship is a profession that is “graying” (as are many other fields as the baby boom generation […]

Librarian Gets Fired For Second Job

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

No, it’s not blogging. A library board did not renew the contract for a public librarian who used to offer sadomasochism services via the Internet. Oh, the irony. The stereotype of a shushing librarian seems to imply someone who doesn’t have an active love life. Here’s a librarian who gets fired for being sexually active. […]

Stereotype-breaking Once Again

Sunday, October 26th, 2003

I went to a party last night and ran into a friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in years. She’s an elementary school teacher now. The two of us were the first people on the dance floor–and often the only people on the dance floor. Granted, the DJ was very lame, but still most […]

The Book Group Made Me Do It

Wednesday, May 7th, 2003

I tried to step out of the librarian stereotype by dying my hair purple for the Mystery Book Group I’m in. (Believe it or not, this wild group is sponsored by a branch of my local library.) As you can guess from my wording, it didn’t work. Don’t worry: my hair isn’t green or didn’t […]