Librarian Wardrobe

Not always buns and sensible shoes, librarians at various types of libraries have different styles (and dress codes). Check it out here or submit your own.

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Help, LW!
So, I left libraries last May to see try my hand in the web development world outside of them. Long story short, it turned out to not be a good fit, and here I am 10 months later, back in libraryland. I’m thrilled to have just started my new position with the Colorado State Library as Digital Experience Consultant, where I’ll be managing the content strategy for the web sites that we develop and maintain to support our state-wide initiatives in helping libraries bridge their own digital divides.
But back to last spring for a minute. Dress code at my non-library employer was typical for a tech organization: jeans, in-joke tech t-shirts, and flip-flops. While I mostly adopted this code while I was there, even on “dress up” days, like when we had professional head shots taken, I was surprised at how OVER dressed I often was—just a work culture difference. I didn’t buy any new clothes while I worked there.
 Anyway, I started running last summer, and as a result, I‘ve lost about 30 pounds of post-pregnancy/parenting weight. After I was offered and accepted my new job a few weeks ago, I found myself standing in my closet, realizing that, truly, honestly, I had nothing to wear to work. Not. One. Thing. I’ve dropped three sizes in women’s clothing, and I couldn’t even fake wearing any of the work pants, skirts, tops, or dresses hanging there.
So, LW readers, this is where I need some help. Here’s a little more information first, and then I’ve got some burning questions for you. Our official dress code (our parent organization is the Department of Education) is business casual, with jeans allowed on Fridays. Most days, I’ll be commuting to and sitting in an office in downtown Denver, but I’ll also have some travel/training obligations across Colorado—which is VERY casual, especially compared to the East coast, where I started my career—and I’ll also be attending my usual slate of library conferences. I’m intrigued by the “capsule wardrobe” concept, and I know that I look good in structured outfits like pencil skirts and crew neck cardigans with ¾ sleeves. I don’t have a whole lot of time to take care of fussy fabrics, although I don’t mind taking things to the dry cleaners. What else? I’m tall-ish.

Based on this information, my questions for you are…….
*Answer all or just some of the questions below, none are “mandatory.”
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Help, LW!

So, I left libraries last May to see try my hand in the web development world outside of them. Long story short, it turned out to not be a good fit, and here I am 10 months later, back in libraryland. I’m thrilled to have just started my new position with the Colorado State Library as Digital Experience Consultant, where I’ll be managing the content strategy for the web sites that we develop and maintain to support our state-wide initiatives in helping libraries bridge their own digital divides.

But back to last spring for a minute. Dress code at my non-library employer was typical for a tech organization: jeans, in-joke tech t-shirts, and flip-flops. While I mostly adopted this code while I was there, even on “dress up” days, like when we had professional head shots taken, I was surprised at how OVER dressed I often was—just a work culture difference. I didn’t buy any new clothes while I worked there.

 Anyway, I started running last summer, and as a result, I‘ve lost about 30 pounds of post-pregnancy/parenting weight. After I was offered and accepted my new job a few weeks ago, I found myself standing in my closet, realizing that, truly, honestly, I had nothing to wear to work. Not. One. Thing. I’ve dropped three sizes in women’s clothing, and I couldn’t even fake wearing any of the work pants, skirts, tops, or dresses hanging there.

So, LW readers, this is where I need some help. Here’s a little more information first, and then I’ve got some burning questions for you. Our official dress code (our parent organization is the Department of Education) is business casual, with jeans allowed on Fridays. Most days, I’ll be commuting to and sitting in an office in downtown Denver, but I’ll also have some travel/training obligations across Colorado—which is VERY casual, especially compared to the East coast, where I started my career—and I’ll also be attending my usual slate of library conferences. I’m intrigued by the “capsule wardrobe” concept, and I know that I look good in structured outfits like pencil skirts and crew neck cardigans with ¾ sleeves. I don’t have a whole lot of time to take care of fussy fabrics, although I don’t mind taking things to the dry cleaners. What else? I’m tall-ish.

Based on this information, my questions for you are…….

*Answer all or just some of the questions below, none are “mandatory.”

Joe and Andy, two library assistants in the Technology Services Department at a medium-sized public library in western Colorado, unwittingly showed up to work as twins.

Joe and Andy, two library assistants in the Technology Services Department at a medium-sized public library in western Colorado, unwittingly showed up to work as twins.

Technology Assistant, public library, Colorado (USA). Trying to look enthused at the end of a long Fly-Tie Thursday. View high resolution

Technology Assistant, public library, Colorado (USA). Trying to look enthused at the end of a long Fly-Tie Thursday.

Sarah Martinez Library Technician - Denver Public Schools University of Denver MLIS Candidate View high resolution

Sarah Martinez
Library Technician - Denver Public Schools
University of Denver MLIS Candidate

Joe, Andy, and Matt; Technology Services staff at a medium-sized public library in western Colorado. Rocking the ties on Fly-Tie Thursday! View high resolution

Joe, Andy, and Matt; Technology Services staff at a medium-sized public library in western Colorado. Rocking the ties on Fly-Tie Thursday!

Halloween Costume!
Willy Wonka. :)
Education and Reference Support Coordinator
Health Sciences Library
Aurora, CO USA View high resolution

Halloween Costume!

Willy Wonka. :)

Education and Reference Support Coordinator

Health Sciences Library

Aurora, CO USA

Research and Instruction Librarian 
Academic library 
Boulder, Colorado 
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  • Research and Instruction Librarian 
  • Academic library 
  • Boulder, Colorado 
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Reference and Instruction Librarian 
Academic Library 
University of Colorado, Boulder  View high resolution

Reference and Instruction Librarian 

Academic Library 

University of Colorado, Boulder