“In September, television viewers will have a chance to see Marcia Gay Harden play a brusque, decisive, rule-bending doctor in the new CBS drama “Code Black.” Anyone who wants to see her play more or less the polar opposite of that character is hereby referred to “After Words,” a romance novel of a movie featuring the world’s most stereotypical librarian. Ms. Harden plays that librarian, Jane, a mousy woman who as the film opens is laid off and uses the occasion to give up on life, which she seemed not to be enjoying much anyway. She plans a one-way trip to Costa Rica, leaving her last will and testament behind on her table. Once in that country, though, she hires a personal guide named Juan (Óscar Jaenada) who gradually draws her out of her shell.” (via NYT)
“The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) is challenging people to check their preconceived library notions at the door. RILA’s fall fundraising plans include the launch of the first ever Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State 2014 calendar, which features twelve librarians and library workers representing the many working professionals who are proud of their career, their ink, and the stories they tell.” (via Huffington Post)
“These Brooklyn librarians have gone from shelving books to rocking out in a band. The six librarians have formed a roving band called Lost in the Stacks – a jazz and blues band that plays at book festivals and branches all over the city. The group is a far cry from the stern stereotypes of librarians. “This gives the people another image of librarians,” said the band’s founding member, Jack McCleland, 65, the head librarian at the main branch at Grand Army Plaza.”
via NY Daily News
Pioneer Press – “Joseph Scrimshaw is the P.T. Barnum of the Twin Cities theater community. The writer/actor/producer has an indisputable talent, a nose for popular culture, and a keen enough marketing sense to know that, if you give your new show a title like “Sexy Librarian,” it’s gonna sell some tickets.
But like Barnum, who famously directed gullible audiences to see the great Egress, Scrimshaw sometimes promises more than he plans on delivering.
“Sexy Librarian” is a sort-of retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde story crossed with a “to thine own self be true” theme and then sprinkled with literary themes and drizzled with rock music. Actress Anna Sundberg equips our heroine Constance Black with all the typical accoutrements of a mouse of the stacks: glasses, hunched posture, tweedy clothes, adenoidal voice.”
San Jose Mercury News – “One local librarian called “on behalf of 10 others” to question the description. But it didn’t end there. The Internet is a far-reaching thing, stretching into libraries across the globe, which linked the story to the American Library Association electronic newsletter. Oh, boy. Heather Bistyga, a reference librarian in Greenville, S.C., eloquently put us in our place for perpetuating “an unfortunate stereotype about librarians.”
Mary Schmidt – “Little Old Ladies and Libraries. Wouldnâ€™t it seem weâ€™d be safe making some assumptions? Sedate. Quiet. Polite. Old-fashioned.”
USA Today – “It’s enough to make librarians kick up their heels.”
I don’t wear heels and I’m a librarian. Stereotypes, Stereotypes. Will the MSM ever learn?
Take a shot of your favorite beverage for every librarian play on phrase in this piece