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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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.
Take a picture of yourself with your bike for your commute to or from work and Tweet it at @libwardrobe (or submit the photo here) from now until Friday, May 10th to be included in a sweet collage of librarians-who-bike-to-work!
You have to be in the picture, showing what you’re wearing (no pictures of only bicycles). Bike selfies are harder than regular selfies, so you might need to enlist a colleague! View high resolution

Take a picture of yourself with your bike for your commute to or from work and Tweet it at @libwardrobe (or submit the photo here) from now until Friday, May 10th to be included in a sweet collage of librarians-who-bike-to-work!

You have to be in the picture, showing what you’re wearing (no pictures of only bicycles). Bike selfies are harder than regular selfies, so you might need to enlist a colleague!

Q
Any style tips? I commute to New York each day and I see such bad style choices, librarians and non-librarians alike could use some of your sage advice. :)
A

Lauren responds with:

Right, so commuting in New York is a bitch no matter what, and right now it’s summer. It’s hot and gross and dirty. I swear dirt hangs in the air in the city when it gets this humid. So what do you wear that is professional looking but doesn’t make you sweat?

I’m a big fan of not wearing pants all summer. Skirts and dresses FTW! Just make sure you keep the skirt long enough so the guys below you on the subway stairs can’t see up it, knee length or longer. (Yes guys we know you do that.)

Wear a light sweater, for some reason office buildings blast the AC like no one’s business, it’s easier to take a sweater off when you get too hot than to shiver all day. Skip the sneakers for the walk from the subway and go with ballet flats instead. You can get those foldy ones if you don’t want to wear them all day. Sneakers are so very 1980s transit strike.

If you have a question, just click ask and we can publish it with our response!

Librarian Wardrobe Wednesday, Poll #2

Poll #2: In considering how you commute to work, do you wear the same outfit for the commute or do you need to change? #lwwed

Thanks for replies, we’ll have another poll question next week! A collage of responses: