Are Librarians Cool?
If you need to ask the question, then the answer is "No."
Here are two of the latest articles branding the profession as "cool."
But Librarians are not cool. That doesn't mean that there aren't cool librarians. I went to library school with a few people I would call cool. But does that make them cool (that I could label them as cool)? After all, who am I that I could call someone cool and have it mean what most people define as cool?
As an fyi:
- I got a tattoo because a Richard Hell song told me to. Wow, I must be cool.
- I skipped a Jane's Addiction concert because the crowd looked too trendy. Too cool for Jane's Addiction, gosh, my coolness is off the charts!
If those things don't make me cool, then I don't know what else to tell you.
But I've been places where, when answering what I do, someone will look around as if they're thinking, "oh, librarians hang out here; let's go someplace else." So sometimes, when asked, I won't say librarian; I'll answer "scientist." People aren't sure what to make of a scientist, but at least a scientist could be cool. Hell, maybe that's why the library has disappeared from the degree and most schools only offer "information science."
But ultimately, being a librarian isn't cool. I don't know how long it will be before it is, if ever.
So for now, I tell people I'm a scientist. An evil scientist.