Perpetuating The Librarian Stereotype
I came across two interesting things today while reading Library Journal (LJ). First, an article entitled “Librarian Strives To Be Named Supreme Couch Potato” where a librarian from Conde Nast Publications named Stan Friedman watched sports for more than 29 hours in Times Square, winning the ESPN Zone Ultimate Couch Potato Competition. I commend Stan’s fortitude, and really appreciate sports, but attributing his win to “savvy bladder management,” a skill he developed over a 12 year time period while conducting research as a librarian doesn’t make us look like the super cool cats we really are.
Second, an editorial written by LJ Associate Editor Raya Kuzyk entitled, “For All The Good That NYTimes Coverage About Hip Librarians Did Us…” describes a new web series about to debut named Erik the Librarian Mysteries from writer Brent Forrester (The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Office), “that chronicles the romantic adventures of a dorky librarian.” If Mr. Forrester needs any proof that librarians aren’t “dorky,” he need look no further than Ms. Kuzyk’s headshot.
Most librarians are ordinary people who just happen to have superb organizational, and research kung fu. We are a diverse group, with varied interests. We generally don’t look like school marmes, in fact, some of us are even men (this can be a real mind blower). We like to have fun and take part in all the stuff that people do to have fun. In fact, most of the librarians I know are damn good musicians, and also play professionally. Some of us even have tattoos!
I’m an eating, shitting, drinking, fucking, librarian… I’m not proud, I’m real.