We all know librarians hate stereotypes of librarians, which is why some are compelled to indelibly ink their skin and post public pictures of themselves or anonymously tell the world that they don’t like library patrons.
I’m not sure what they’re trying to prove with this, since basically no one but librarians cares about librarian stereotypes, and all the tattoos in the world won’t change anyone’s opinion.
– This totally, read it all
For the last x many years so many in the library profession have been whining about the ‘librarian stereotype’ of the severe older lady, the shoosher, the hairbunned spinster, the attractive man in tweed, etc. that was presented in the media.
It was not a stereotype that ever really connected with the public because they actually deal with librarians in all their diversity.
But some librarians, they take it all so seriously.
In recent years there has been elicited huge joy at the number of librarians who don’t fit the stereotype, through their hair, clothing, tattoos, makeup, muscles etc.
Doing this is all very well, but is problematic as it is merely based on how people look and not how they perform or are perceived. Of course, everyone should dress how they want, but this is just personal choice and shouldn’t be linked to the profession as a whole.
How about we develop a stereotype for librarians as professional, focussed, knowledgeable, disciplined, technology capable etc. ?
This month Incite is asking for contributions for its Jan/Feb 2014 issue thus:
do you know a hipster librarian?
We’re looking for photos, stories, out
of the box email addresses and zany
twitter hashtags, tattoos, ukuleles,
and all that creative energy. We want
to track it down and give it some
I just hope none are found.