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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Assistant Librarian / IT Support Assistant
Academic Library
Wales, UK
A typical work outfit… dress with a shrug and my favourite necklace. What you can’t see are my vegetarian Doc Martens… I love them but they can get embarrassingly squeaky (not good when wheeling book trolleys through rows of silent students…)
I’ve noticed that library employees have excellent dress sense! View high resolution

Assistant Librarian / IT Support Assistant

Academic Library

Wales, UK

A typical work outfit… dress with a shrug and my favourite necklace. What you can’t see are my vegetarian Doc Martens… I love them but they can get embarrassingly squeaky (not good when wheeling book trolleys through rows of silent students…)

I’ve noticed that library employees have excellent dress sense!

Our special bike post is here from the University of Oregon Libraries! #ala2013 pics will be up later this week, photographers are sending them in and then it needs to be formatted. This should definitely hold you over, enjoy!
 
Bike Commuters of the University of Oregon Libraries*
photos by Mandi Garcia
Andrew, Associate University Librarian, Media & Instructional Services, @andrewbonamici - Single speed Panasonic DX-2000 (Osaka ca. 1985) built up with used parts.  Saddle: vintage Ideale 80, Helmet: Uvex XP City helmet with integrated rear light, Shoulder Bag: Archival Clothing Large Field Bag, Clothing is typical academic admin uniform of navy blazer, charcoal slacks, dress shirt, black belt and oxfords.
Paul, Head, Reference & Research Services, my bike is a 1970 Raleigh International, with many of the original components (Campagnolo derailleur, Reynolds frame, Weinmann brakes, Brooks saddle, etc.)

Karen, Head, Digital Scholarship Center, outfit bought in Seattle during ALA, big city and all.  Bicycle is custom-built by Winter Bicycles and recent recipient of the North American Handmade Bicycle show for Best Finish (2013).  Upright position helps with librarian-induced wrist pain and lightweight tubing and tailored fit makes riding feel like flying. www.winterbicycles.com

Hans, Project Manager / Network Trainer for the Network Startup Resource Center, my bike is an upcycled ’80s Schwinn World Sport; fenders and a basket make it useful for hauling things to and from work. I sometimes wear my Archival Clothing flap musette as well to carry a spare tube and lights.

Lesli, Image Services Coordinator, co-founder of Archival Clothing @ArchCloth, Ensemble: Centralia Knitting Mills cardigan, Hunting World trousers, Quoddy mocs, Sunny Sports kerchief; Bike: Rivendell Custom  http://www.archivalclothing.com/

Heidi, Library Technician 2 in Image Services, My bike is a 1967 Schwinn Collegiate. I purchased it at Blue Heron Bicycles. My dress was purchases from Nobody’s Baby two years ago from the 80’s rack. My cardigan is a hand-me-down from my sister. 

Kathy, Map/GIS Librarian, Bike: Marin Kentfield FS in Talus Green Gloss with Rubber Duck horn

Tom, Head, Document Center, Bike: Marin, Outfit: St. Vinnies, Website: http://library.uoregon.edu/guides/planning/bicycles.html

Joe, Broadcast Engineer, Center for Media and Educational Technologies
 
(Karen and Lesli again)

Miriam, Social Sciences Librarian, Bike: Marin, basic commuter hybrid bike, thrifted outfit, vintage french glasses

Terry
Library Technician / Audio & Video Room Coordinator (and musician), my bike is a Raleigh “Misceo.” I chose this hybrid model for its suitability for my commute to and from work, which in the winter months involves riding over pot-hole pocked streets after dark, so the larger tires, and front-post suspension really helps.
 
Katie, Digital Metadata Technician, Everything was thrifted - bike, dress, belt.

Marilyn, Senior Conservation Technician, Collection Services, my bike is a Marin Larkspur, City Series, upgraded with faux leather seat and grips, bell, rear rack and side basket, purchased at end of year closeout from Blue Heron Bicycles, coached by Lesli.

Stephanie, Law Reference Librarian, 
my bike is a Trek 022 originally owned by another librarian and gifted to me a couple of years ago.  It’s probably vintage late 1970s.

(Group) *The UO Libraries have many more bike commuters than are pictured here but they weren’t all available to be photographed.

So many great shots of librarians with bikes! This was really fun and we hope to do it again, so if you missed getting a picture in for this first collage, there will be another opportunity later in the summer. Thanks for submitting!

  1. @skeskali, Web Services / UX Librarian, Vancouver BC
  2. @charbooth, Instruction Services Manager & E-learning Librarian, Academic Library, CA
  3. @oohlalali, Librarian, Brussels Belgium
  4. @catladylib, Reference & Instruction Librarian in Residence, Academic Library, IL
  5. @s_elaineclark, School Librarian, CA
  6. @jolietjosh, Academic Librarian, IN
  7. @nolankr, Criminology Librarian, Academic Library, Toronto
  8. @diylibrarian, Librarian, Special Library, PA
  9. Library Assistant, Academic Library, Oxford, England
  10. Shelly Hawk, Library Associate, Princeton Public Library, NJ