Librarian Wardrobe

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Last updated: September 15, 2014

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The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work with ACRL Press serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding how librarians are perceived. The book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences.The ultimate goal of this volume is to launch productive discourse and inspire action in order to further the positive impact of the information professions. Through deconstructing the perceived truths of our profession and employing a critical eye, we can work towards improved status, increased diversity, and greater acceptance of each other.

The book’s foreward by James V. Carmichael, Jr. and first chapter by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby are freely available as an OA PDF on the ACRL website.

The Cover

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"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

Author Interviews

Embracing the Melancholy: How the Author Renounced Moloch and the Conga Line for Sweet Conversations on Paper, to the Air of “Second Hand Rose”

James V. Carmichael Jr.

Chapter 1
Contextualizing Ourselves: The Identity Politics of the Librarian Stereotype

Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby

Chapter 2
Academic Librarian Self-Image in Lore: How Shared Stories Convey and Define our Sense of Professional Identity

Sarah K. Steiner and Julie Jones

Chapter 3
The Stereotype Stereotype: Our Obsession with Librarian Representation

Gretchen Keer and Andrew Carlos

Chapter 4
That’s Women’s Work: Pink-Collar Professions, Gender, and the Librarian Stereotype

Ayanna Gaines

Chapter 5
From Sensuous to Sexy: The Librarian in Post-Censorship Print Pornography

David D. Squires

Chapter 6
Rainbow Warriors: Stories of Archivist Activism and the Queer Record

Terry Baxter

Chapter 7
Unpacking Identity: Racial, Ethnic, and Professional Identity and Academic Librarians of Color

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, Juleah Swanson, and Azusa Tanaka

Chapter 8
Librarians and Felines: A History of Defying the “Cat Lady” Stereotype

Dorothy Gambrell and Amanda Brennan

Chapter 9
Between Barbarism and Civilization: Librarians, Tattoos, and Social Imaginaries

Erin Pappas

Chapter 10
At the Corner of Personality and Competencies: Exploring Professional Personas for Librarians

Lauren Pressley, Jenny Dale, and Lynda Kellam

Chapter 11
Student Perceptions of Academic Librarians: The Influence of Pop Culture and Past Experience

Melissa Langridge, Christine Riggi, and Allison Schultz

Chapter 12
The Revolution Will Not Be Stereotyped: Changing Perceptions through Diversity

Annie Pho and Turner Masland

Toward a New Inclusion in Library Work

K. R. Roberto