Tumblarians, your Thursday morning inspiration!
Library and literary miscellany from your pals at Library Journal.
Tumblarians, your Thursday morning inspiration!
No biggie, just me and my ride.
This librarian drives in style!
For librarian rock stars, like most people, finding time to pursue their side project can be tricky…. “But looking back, libraries were a very supportive atmosphere for me to continue to grow creatively.”
These musician librarians rock!
Read what you want.
As librarians, we will never judge you. We would never judge you. We sideeye those who do.
I don’t give a shit what you read! Erotica? I’ll get it for you. Obscure manga? OCLC to the rescue. That one book with the blue cover and the thingy? I will go down a black research hole for you and then I will put a hold on it.
LIBRARIANS HAVE NO SHAME. WE DON’T CARE.
Surprise! Here is our book cover for The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work with ACRL Press.
The cover was designed by Dorothy Gambrell of Cat and Girl and Very Small Array! We are so excited to have Dorothy as our cover artist. She based the design on Bureau of Labor Statistics data about librarians, so it’s an infographic of how librarians are categorized, according to the BLS.
The second image is part of our invitation for our book release party at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. We will be having a champagne toast + cupcakes at 9:30pm as part of the After Hours Party. More details will be released as we get closer to #alaac14. Hope you’ll join us!
If you’re going to ALA, don’t miss the book release party.
Moving, relatable, and frequently hilarious, Beverly Cleary’s stories have been captivating readers of all ages for over 60 years. From Ramona Quimby to Socks the Cat, her characters and the tales they inhabit are still going strong all these decades later. Here’s what you might not know about one of the world’s favorite children’s authors.
She was a librarian!
How not to sell a book to your customers!
French librarian, Saint-Sever, Rouen
Another awesome chapter revealed for The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work with ACRL Press!
Erin Pappas is Librarian for Social Sciences and European Languages at Georgetown University in Washington, DC
Q1: Provide a brief summary of your chapter
This chapter focuses on tattoos as a form of semiotic and communicative practice. I used an online survey to sample people who self-identify as librarians and to ask them about their tattoos. It’s an initial foray into a topic which has so far garnered a fair amount of digital ink, but that often talks around rather than directly to the people involved. More broadly, I’m concerned with how role, position, and context affect interpersonal interaction and professional presentation.
Q2: What do you think is one of the most pressing issues regarding the librarian stereotype?
Without a doubt: its uninterrogated whiteness. For a profession that is so concerned with image and that values diversity, this seems like a pretty glaring omission.
Q3: What sparked your interest to write this chapter?
Well, for the last seven years I was in graduate school for anthropology, and wasn’t really keeping up with conversations about librarianship. After that hiatus, a lot had changed! Social media, in particular, really exploded with images of librarians. So when things like style, haircolor, tattoos, and piercings come under scrutiny, to me that reads to me as a specific commentary on real bodies, not as simply an abstract concept. I wanted to explore the complexities of the discourse about tattooed librarians in particular.
Q4: Who is your librarian role model?
I really admire people who balance enthusiasm with a deep commitment to social justice, like Lia Friedman and Emily Drabinski. In all things, I strive to be more like Amy Poehler. (Or Leslie Knope.)
Q5: Tell us something fun about yourself!
I’m a huge sketch comedy geek, and did the Comedy Writing Program at Second City. I also love makeup and own far too much of it. I will enthusiastically apply cosmetics to anyone who expresses even a marginal interest in a makeover.
Difficult Patron: Can I come back into the library?
Public Librarian: well, the last time you were in here you said you hoped that someone would shoot me in the head
DP: I was feeling bad that day
PL: You are drinking a beer right now
DP: I got nervous about this conversation
PL: Let’s give…
The library’s new My Librarian program lets patrons pick from a list of 13 real-life librarians, then connect with them online to get personalized book advice with a human touch.
Tumblarians, what do you think?
Your Monday Morning Mantra!
We heard that today (or yesterday?) is (was) National Librarian Day, so in celebration, here are a couple of gifs of Hand/Study, our site-specific installation featuring a whole bunch of library hands doing all sorts of great library things.