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Matthew Heintzelman\'s article Children\'s Picture Books with Librarians and Libaries: An Annotated Bibliography investigates the images and stereotypes of librarians as found in picture books.
He discovers that
\"librarians are often judged on the basis of their ability to connect with their respective communities. Perceptions of the librarian as aloof, shy, bookish, authoritarian, fragile, etc., are so ingrained into the popular psyche that their image--and that of libraries--in popular culture is rarely varied\".
Here\'s the story of Library Lil:
\"A small-town librarian converts the residents to reading books. When confronted by a hostile motorcycle gang, she turns out to be physically strong enough to defend her library. In the process, she converts the motorcycle gang into readers, and develops a special relationship with the gang\'s leader.\"
(This comes under the heading \"Librarians and Control\", of course.) -- Read More
Bob Cox passed along Strategies for Working With Shy Professionals from careerjournal.com, and in my continuing effort to prolong all librarian stereotypes, I post it as a helpful guide on how to deal with librarians, because we are all shy.
Plus, you really can\'t beat this opening paragraph:
\"There was a flood recently in the basement of the Boston Public Library. It soaked 50,000 cartons of books. But water wasn\'t the only thing the broken pipe unleashed: It also brought forth a flood of emotions from the library staff. One suffered nightly panic attacks. Another compared it to a death in the family. When all was said and done, 25 employees ended up in grief counseling.\"
Stephen Walker and V. Lonnie Lawson wrote The Librarian Stereotype and the Movies.
\"Hollywood movies influence the public\'s thinking about the image of librarians, but how much is hard to say. However, by looking at Hollywood\'s treatment of librarians we discover indications of how the public is viewing us. To the general public the word \"librarian\" is a readily recognizable label. The label need not include those aspects of librarianship that librarians want to claim. Several years ago on the \"Family Feud\" game show a group of 100 people were surveyed and asked what they believed to be typical \"librarian\" characteristics.The top 5 characteristics disclosed showed that librarians were...\"
Neal Pollack has written an article on Eric Richmond, librarian and poet.
Richmond\'s fate was determined in the spring of 1982, when he was a junior in high school. He came downtown one day and went to the library on Michigan Avenue, where his mother worked. Over lunch, he recalls, he said to her:
\"You know, I wouldn\'t mind working for the library. It\'d be an OK job to have. It\'d beat the hell out of digging ditches or working in an office somewhere.\"
The Librarian, ably assisted by Mike Holderness, considers one of the obstacles to the unhindered dissemination of human knowledge, and makes a modest proposal. This article appears in the Web, and not the print, version of Ariadne.
\"As Librarian, I am proud to announce the Library\'s new Mission Statement:
To make accessible to all the totality of human knowledge.\"
\"Digital librarians are required to select, acquire, organize, make accessible, and preserve digital collections. Digital services must be planned, implemented, and supported. Unfortunately, there are presently very few opportunities for librarians to receive training in the new tasks and responsibilities that digital libraries demand.\"
They have everything you may need to lure someone into librarianship.... Scholarship Links, Profiles of librarians, ALA’s Guide to Choosing a School, and more.
\"People know about genealogy groups, programming and design communities, diary circles, web rings, and sci-fi/fantasy cinema cults. But who knew about the roiling, secret activities of librarians?
Let\'s talk about librarians. What makes an online group of librarians such a fascinating find?\"
Big ups to Sylvar for pointing the way.
Brunella Longo has written an article the changing role of librarians. \"Like cats moving through their fabled nine lives, I think that teachers and librarians should redefine their own roles beyond the confines of their respective traditions.\" More