"Librarians Pagowsky (Univ. of Arizona) and Rigby (Univ. of Oregon) have assembled an impressive collection of scholarly essays documenting the facets and effects of stereotypes within librarianship and other information professions. Contributors emphasize empirical data and cultural analysis, using a range of methods to explore how librarians understand themselves and are understood by others. Specific essays focus on gender, race and ethnicity, the formation of professional identity, the “sexy librarian” trope, the activist archivist, and tattooed librarians, among other topics. Written primarily for information professionals, this volume gestures toward dynamics observable in other fields: the way in which gender is deployed in narratives about a profession over time, for example, or the relationship between our bodies and our reception as professionals. One hopes these themes can be picked up and interrogated further beyond the confines of intraprofessional debate.
VERDICT A valuable contribution to the growing body of literature on professional identity and intersectional politics, this title will be a useful resource for those wishing to critically explore how librarians are inspired and constrained by the stories they tell, and are told, about who they are.”
—Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook, Massachusetts Historical Soc. Lib., Boston for Library Journal
I took photos for Librarian Wardrobe at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Vegas. Look at these pretty people! With their amazing outfits! Here we go!
1) Archivist/Recruiter, Special Library, Washington DC 2) Teen Services Librarian, Public Library, Missouri 3) Head of Central Library Youth Services, Public Library, Massachusetts 4) Teen Services Librarian, Public Library, California 5) Library Media Specialist, School Library, Hawaii 6) Youth Services Specialist, Public Library, Ohio 7) Teen Programming Specialist, Public Library, Pennsylvania 8 & 9) Catalog/Metadata Librarian, University Library, Vermont
Survey: Code of Conduct Violations at ALA Conferences
Are you aware of ALA’s Code of Conduct? It exists to provide ALA conference attendees with a “harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion or other group identity.”
Have you been harassed, sexually or otherwise, at a conference? Experienced transphobia or homophobia or ableism? Felt unsafe? Experienced unwanted physical contact? Received fatphobic comments? Been stalked, either physically or virtually? Have you witnessed any of the previous situations? OR, have you only had pleasant conference experiences? Please fill out this survey.
At only 10 questions long, this survey exists to document Code of Conduct violations at ALA conferences. Consider filling it out if you have EVER attended an ALA conference. Any anecdotes and/or stories appreciated.