What Do Librarians Do?

Caveat Lector: “[T]he next time some brainless style reporter shows up to play image games. We say no. We say “you write about what I do at work, or you don’t call me a librarian in your article.”

3 Responses to “What Do Librarians Do?”

  1. Guinevere Hurley
    July 10, 2007 at 6:34 am #

    It’s sexist of you to call that reporter brainless. If the article appeared in, say, Salon with a man’s byline would you say the same thing? Writing for the New York Times isn’t anything to be ashamed of, you know.

    Is the article a frothy? Yes. Is it the first article that I’ve seen in a mainstream publication that portrays librarianship as a desirable profession? Yes. Do my fellow librarians whine whenever librarians are seen as glorified clerical workers? Yes, yes, yes.

    It’s not the perfect article but it’s a start. “The next time” probably won’t happen so get off your high horse and embrace your newfound fame.

  2. Guinevere Hurley
    July 10, 2007 at 6:37 am #

    I just realized the quote was taken from a female librarian’s website. I don’t care. Still sexist.

  3. Greg
    July 10, 2007 at 9:02 pm #

    Yeah Cohen, get off your damn high horse. ;-P

    Anyway, so you say no. Then the reporter writes the article anyway, taking great pains to note what a tightly wound bag of hiplessness librarians are. Personally, I’ll take my chances with the fluff piece.

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