July 09, 2003

Somebody's Getting Married

There have been a few librarian marriages lately, which reminds me of a project I was meaning to work on.

I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman named Paul Wiener at SUNYLA last month. Paul is a special services librarian at Stony Brook (my alma mater), who has been seen on Ex-Libris, among other places. Anyway, Paul told me about an article that he wrote for American Libraries back in the 1970's about librarians who marry librarians. He interviewed librarian couples and told their story to the world. The title of the article is ingenious: "Marrian' the Librarian" (the spelling is off, but I never got to ask him how he spelled that first word, nor did I get the citation to the article).

After picking myself off the floor, wiping off the tears that streamed down my face, I asked him if I could write a reprise of the article, hopefully interviewing the couples once again as well as adding new couples to the list and interviewing them as well. He agreed.

So, I want to start my initial research for the article (which I will share with Paul before sumbission) and I need a few things from those that are willing to help.: 1) A copy of the original article (can someone look it up in Library Literature and fax me a copy? - send me an e-mail or IM and I'll provide my fax number.) 2) Do you know of any librarians who married other librarians who would be willing to be interviewed?

I hope to get the entire project done by the end of the year for a Jan 2004 submission. Thanks...and thank you Paul.

Posted by Steven at July 9, 2003 10:54 PM | TrackBack

The article was "Marryin' the Librarian."

I remember it well (actually early '80s or VERY late 1970s), because there was an open call for librarian couples to send in photos, etc., and--after some discussion--my wife & I chose not to do so because [ahem] I don't hold an MLS. (She does.)

Don't know whether we'd make the same decision a second time around. [We're still married, and I still don't have an MLS.] Good luck with the article.

Posted by: Walt Crawford on July 10, 2003 11:10 AM

Sure! I can't volunteer Mr. Librarian, but Ms. Librarian will be happy to talk to you anytime. I'll start thinking of interesting things to say right now!

Posted by: abigail on July 10, 2003 05:50 PM

Surely it would be "Marryin' the Librarian." I mean, why wouldn't it be?

Posted by: mara on July 12, 2003 04:51 PM

At the URL, click on either my name (Michelle Noel) or John's (John Noel) to view our websites. I would be glad to talk with you. John may too, but contact me first.

Posted by: Michelle Noel on July 15, 2003 04:42 PM

My husband and I met as future librarians at the University of Michigan's School of Information. We now both work at the same institution, so we talk a lot of shop at home, but there's also lots of creative library humor. I'll have to talk him into this, but I think it's a great idea, and I'd love to talk to you!

Posted by: kim on July 16, 2003 11:36 AM

Are you including domestic partnerships or just "regular" marriages? I'm part of a 2-librarian household, if you want to email me.

Posted by: Kate Lyons on July 16, 2003 11:42 AM

I found the following citation in Library Literature:

Weiner, Paul Benjamin. Marryin' the librarian; two-librarian marriages get thumbs-up from survey respondents. American Libraries v.17 (January 1986). p.16-23.

I can probably fax the article but will have to get back to you later about that.

I know of two librarian couples. I'll see if they're interested and if they are will pass along this URL.

Great idea, by the way! Look forward to reading the article when you're done.

Posted by: pjcortez on July 16, 2003 12:06 PM

My partner and I got married last novemeber in the midst of applying to lib/info science programs. We'll both be attending SLIS in bloomington IN, in the fall. does that count? *^_^*

if so feel free to e-mail.

Posted by: sarah on July 16, 2003 01:41 PM

Yes, I am also part of a 2-librarian domestic partner household.

Posted by: Penny on July 16, 2003 02:33 PM

i married a librarian who i met while we were at syracuse. and i am sure she would be more than happy to answer any questions.

Posted by: tim on July 16, 2003 02:59 PM

I am not only married to a librarian, we also share a job. We have two young children, so it works out well. We met when we lived in New York; I worked for Brooklyn Public Library and she worked for New York Public. I was standing by the beer keg at a librarian party, she saw me, and the rest is history.

Posted by: Steve Webber on July 16, 2003 03:56 PM

My husband & I are both librarians; we met
while working at NYPL. Even more unique, we
are an international librarian couple! (he's
Canadian.) I'd be happy to participate.

Posted by: carol on July 16, 2003 05:54 PM

I'm a librarian marrying another librarian in October, so I guess we'd qualify! Email us if you'd like us to participate!

Posted by: Jinnet on July 17, 2003 09:50 AM

i should clarify my previous posting on 7/16. we are both librarians who have been married for 3 years. we would love to participate in the interview and share why it is wonderful and wacky to be married to another librarian.

Posted by: tim on July 17, 2003 11:41 AM

My librarian husband and I will be married 3 years tomorrow. We met at Cornell while working in the same department. We worked together there for 4 years and since changing jobs keep trying to find ways to work together again. When we got married, it was truly a library event! Our boss and director gave speeches at the wedding. My husband's mom and sister are also librarians as is my sister. And, my sister is now marrying someone who she works with in the library. It's epidemic, I'd say!

Posted by: ajf on July 21, 2003 11:30 AM

Carol and I got married and then both of us became librarians, if that counts. Also our daughter is a librarian (all three of us got our MLSs from NC Central) and her partner is a librarian (though she got her MLS from UNC-G). Apparently madness can be generational.

Posted by: Frank Exner, Little Bear on July 22, 2003 12:08 PM

I've been happily married to Mr. Librarian for nearly 10 years. (We got married the day I turned in my thesis for the MLS) I can honestly say this is the best marriage I can imagine and I wouldn't change a thing!! Please contact me if you'd like our input, we would love to participate.

Posted by: Lisa on July 23, 2003 08:10 AM

I may unique, in that I have married two librarians, or that two librarians have married me! (Am I now reduced to being an "Added Entry?")
Whatever you can say about my marriages, they are (were) never boring- librarians are fun people, and are very clever and interested in many different subjects and areas.

Mr. R. Lee Hadden, MLS
Reference Librarian
US Geological Survey
Mail Stop 950, National Center
Reston, VA 20192
TEL: (703) 648-6088
FAX: (703) 648-6373

Posted by: Lee Hadden on July 23, 2003 10:37 AM

Does marrying a records officer /records software supervisor count?

My parents in law are two librarians (although Tom is now deceased). My husband, Iain, didn't want to go into the family business, so worked in publishing and bookselling. Then we met, fell in love, and he decided to do the librarian course at one of our universities (this is Australia, to be a practising librarian you need a degree in library and information science). He then ended up in records/archives management. I refused to marry him until he had his degree (I thought he needed some incentive to complete it).

I'd be happy to participate in your survey.


Posted by: Llyn Triffitt on July 25, 2003 01:24 AM

My husband, Walter, and I are both librarians. He is currently the Systems Librarian for Dallas ISD, Dallas, Texas, and I am the librarian at Kinkeade Early Childhood School, Irving ISD, Irving, Texas. We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in May.

Posted by: Kristi Betts on July 29, 2003 10:02 PM

I married someone I met in library school in June 1993, and we divorced in October 2002. Just thought I'd chime in from the other end of the spectrum...

Posted by: Tom on August 11, 2003 03:32 PM

My fiance and I are both librarians, employed at Pace University Library in New York. This is where we met! We will be getting married October 26, 2003 if you would like some freshly married librarians!


Posted by: Sarah on August 14, 2003 03:08 PM

Infiniti "de-contented" AM stereo in 1994, diamond jewelry using the same shitty tuner they put in Nissan's jewelryinolog Maxima line. That's what's in my wife's '95 Q45. jewelry Listening to it is torture.
There are still religious jewelry a smattering of AM stereo radios in older cars. christian jewelry I don't know of any new cars (and I rent quite dog jewelry a few) that still feature it. Far as I know, silver jewelry nearly all of the radios and tuners shown here gold jewelry are no longer being manufactured. Most were hen's man

teeth when they were new, too. That even goes for the days when I saved up to buy a Nordmende

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Posted by: Allan on November 29, 2003 07:53 AM

librarians marry librarians - itīs a special sort of living on the same wave.

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