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Another Librarian Stereotype Article

Regis Behe – “Williams, who plays in a noise-metal group during his spare time, is emblematic of how librarians are no longer staid and proper figures who speak in sotto voce tones when patrons raise their voices. Instead, they tend to blend in with patrons. A female librarian might wear a colorful cocktail dress suited for happy hour. A male librarian might come to work in sandals, slacks and an island-themed short-sleeved shirt.”

Writing about how librarians are now hip only adds to the stereotype, IMO. It’s almost as if these articles continue to poke fun at us. From a marketing profession, this is a double-edged sword.

4 Responses to “Another Librarian Stereotype Article”

  1. ellen parker
    September 3, 2007 at 7:23 am #

    Yes, you’re right Steven.

    Why in in the world would I wear a cocktail dress to work unless it was an affair that called for one?

    Is it just me who’s growing weary of the librarian stereotype theme? Don’t get me wrong, I think its wonderful that we’re getting press but the stereotype thing is getting out of hand. Let’s give it a rest!

  2. Steven
    September 3, 2007 at 7:26 am #

    Thanks Ellen. I agree. These articles are getting old and silly. How about more articles on what librarians DO, not what we wear to work?

  3. Michelle
    September 3, 2007 at 8:11 pm #

    I was the only one in my last class (I am a library student) who was annoyed with the latest article that appeared in the New York Times, which attempted to show how “cool” librarians really are. Why does everyone think we need to constantly prove ourselves? Steven is right ~ more articles on what librarians actually DO might help get rid of some of those OTHER articles that question whether or not we still need librarians.

  4. jennifer
    September 4, 2007 at 8:43 am #

    Agreed. I’d have to say that after library school, part of my decision NOT to look for work in a public library was to avoid being looked at as a ‘hip’ librarian. It’s a bit much to live up to, even if you do like heavy metal. I’d much rather just work hard without social stereotype standards to live up to, cool or not.

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