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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Review of The Librarian Stereotype book!

"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

Review of The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work

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.

For the survey, click here.

For the story behind the survey, click here.

The survey currently has over 150 responses, but more would be appreciated so that a variety of experiences can be documented.

If you have already filled out the survey, please consider sharing it on your Facebook page, Tweeting it, or reblogging it here.

Many thanks.

Keep an eye out for these ladies and gentleman in Las Vegas, they will be asking to take your picture for Librarian Wardrobe. They will also have LW buttons to confirm they are photographers for the blog.

Bios follow with some information about what catches their eye. If asked to have your picture taken, and you agree, they will need some information: your position title or student/other status, type of library/museum/archive/etc, and location (state if in the USA, or country if outside).

The photos above, from top down, are:

Aisha Conner-Gaten. Aisha is a recent MSLIS grad and the Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialist at GSLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a master of the webcam selfie and has since learned that setting up tech (crawling under desks, finding ethernet ports, etc.) and wearing skirts do not mix.

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith. Isabel is an Academic Resident Librarian at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), in reference and instruction. She has two black cats, wanderlust, an endless appetite for Chicago hot dogs, and an obsession with photo booths. Follow her on Twitter at @Isa__GS.

Matthew Windsor. Matthew is the systems and media services librarian for Hendrix College, a small liberal arts school in central Arkansas. He completed the LIS program at Drexel University and is currently finishing his last semester in the MSIS program.

Kaity Bequette. Kaity is a recent grad of the GSLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently works full-time as a Helpdesk Specialist at the College of Engineering on the same campus. She likes to call herself a “Sleeper Cell Librarian”. “After all, a Helpdesk is just a reference desk that specializes in technology!”

Sharon McKellar. Sharon is the Community Relations Librarian for the Oakland Public Library in California. An excited member of the 2015 Caldecott Committee and a master of layering, she will be on the lookout for the best patterns and most awesome shoes in Vegas. Bonus points for messy hair, adorable tights, great glasses and handmade or vintage items. If you don’t get to meet her in person, you can find all of her snark on Twitter where she is @sharon.

Jaime Hammond. Jaime is a community college library director, interested in retention, outreach, library spaces, innovation and can be found on Twitter as @trudysmoke. She is an instigator in the best sense of the term, involving herself in many innovative, creative and fun library-inspired projects. Most importantly, she has a big mouth and an even bigger heart.

Dana Skwirut. Dana is a Youth Services librarian in central New Jersey. She is active in the Tumblarian community and on Twitter, where her sass got her featured in School Library Journal. When she isn’t in Ice Cream story time, she is seeing the world, one tiny road trip at a time. You can find her on the internet at danaskwirut.com.

Hi Friends, look what we’ve got for you at #alaac14! Our book cover artist Dorothy Gambrell of catandgirl.com has illustrated portraits of all authors, and Miriam Rigby has turned the drawings into pins that we will be giving away in Vegas! We also have general book pins (last pic) that are images adapted from chapter 8 on the cat lady librarian stereotype by Amanda Brennan and Dorothy Gambrell. Pins will likely be in a variety of colors, not just b&w. Collect them all!

Authors will have some pins with them if you hope to get one or a few, and we might be able to leave some at the ACRL booth. 

If you haven’t already read chapter 1 and the foreword via the OA pdf copy that ACRL Press made available, check it out here: http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/8818. We hear it’s good!

At ALA, you can purchase the book from the ALA book store, and soon the online ALA/ACRL store will have the book available for sale. Once that’s up we will share, but the first copies will be at ALA in Vegas.

More info for ALA:

  1. Friday, 6/27: Nicole & Miriam will be at the ACRL booth (#1847) from 5:30-6:15pm to promote the book. Come visit us and say hi, get a pin! We’ll have a couple copies of the book at the booth for you to peruse. We look forward to chatting with you!

  2. Saturday, 6/28: Hit up the ACRL New Members Discussion Group panel where Isabel Gonzalez-Smith and Sarah Steiner will be talking about their research / chapters for “The Stories We Tell: Academic Librarians and Identity.” The discussion will focus on professional folklore and diversity within librarianship with the addition of two other panelists. It should be an engaging discussion!

  3. Saturday, 6/28: Join us at our book release party (as part of the After Hours Party with EveryLibrary) to celebrate! We will be doing a champagne toast at 10pm and are working on gathering (vegan + gluten-free) cupcakes or some other awesome confection to share with you as well. We have a limited budget, so desserts will be first come, first served.

    And exciting news, we will be raffling off two copies of the book at the party, as well as one copy over Twitter! More details on that next week!
Quite the sartorial surprise when we both showed up at work wearing black and teal! And it demonstrates that empire-waisted dresses are flattering for both pregnant and non-pregnant bellies. :)
Community college librarians (reference & instruction), Gresham, OR View high resolution

Quite the sartorial surprise when we both showed up at work wearing black and teal! And it demonstrates that empire-waisted dresses are flattering for both pregnant and non-pregnant bellies. :)

Community college librarians (reference & instruction), Gresham, OR

Much thanks to Marie Reist, librarian at a public library in Oklahoma, for taking these pictures of attendees! She tumbls at http://thismostamazingday.tumblr.com/ and can be found on twitter
@eleneariel

First row: (left to right) Karen, assistant to library director, public
library, Texas; Christina, Youth Services Librarian, public library, Texas.

Second row: (left to right): Rosie, high school Librarian, school
library, Texas; Tanya, library assistant, high school library, Texas;
(left to right): Holly, MLIS student and graduate assistant, Texas; Nora Ohnishi, MLIS student, Texas; Sarah, MLIS student, Texas.

Third row: JoAnn Conlon,  Director of Innovative Media Resource
Systems at Spring Branch ISD, Houston, TX. Robert Young, Public
Services Librarian, public library, Texas;

Fourth row: Debora, Librarian, public library, Texas.

Fifth row: Lynn Head, Librarian, middle school library, Texas; Cody, Dean of Library Services, academic library, Texas.

Sixth row: Karen Yarbrough, job seeking Librarian, Texas.

Thank you to Dale McNeil for these photos!

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  • Director, Public Library, Providence, Rhode Island 
  • Vendor, Miami, Florida 
  • Associate University Librarian, Academic Library, St. Louis, Missouri

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  • Director, Public Library, West Bloomfield, Michigan 
  • Retired Assistant Director, Public Library, Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Head Librarian, Academic Library, Santa Clarita, CA

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  • Student, Public or Academic Library, New York, NY

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  • Literary professional (vendor), New York, New York

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  • Coordinator, Corporation/vendor, Norwalk, Connecticut

 

Thanks to Sharon McKellar for this pictures from #ALAMW14!
From left to right: 
Starr LaTronica
Made many of these clothes herself, including the awesome skirt I got a close-up of.
ALSC President and Youth Services/Outreach Manager - Four County Library System - Vestal, NY 

Lorie Ann Grover

Author, (I love her hat and shoes.)- Grand Rapids, MI

Mel Gooch and Sharon McKellar
One day we wore the same shirt with bears in a pink forest, and decided I should submit it.
Mel - Branch Manager, San Francisco Public Library - San Francisco, CA
Sharon - Community Relations Librarian, Oakland Public LIbrary - Oakland, CA
Miriam Medow
Children’s Librarian, Oakland Public Library - Oakland, CA
Shannon Peterson and Sarah Levin
Dueling Cat Dresses
Shannon - YALSA President and Youth Services Coordinator- Kitsap Regional Library - Kitsap County, WA
Sarah - School Librarian, Urban School of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

Danielle Jones

Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library - Portland, OR

Jack Martin

Executive Director, Providence Public Library - Providence, RI

Librarian Wardrobe Photographers at #ALAMW2014

Keep an eye out for these ladies and gentleman in Philadelphia, they will be asking to take your picture for Librarian Wardrobe. They will also have LW buttons to confirm they are photographers for the blog.

Bios follow with some information about what catches their eye. If asked to have your picture taken, and you agree, they will need some information: your position title or student/other status, type of library/museum/archive/etc, and location (state if in the USA, or country if outside).

Jeremiah Paschke-Wood

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He is a new instructional services librarian at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He graduated with his Master’s in Library Science from the University of Arizona in Spring 2013. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, reading, writing and watching Miyazaki movies with his 2-year-old daughter. He looks forward to taking photos of all of you, so make sure your top hats are jaunty and your shoes shined.

Sharon McKellar

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Sharon is the Community Relations Librarian for the Oakland Public Library in California where she confuses her colleagues (along with her husband & cat) by drastically changing her hair every few months.  An excited member of the 2015 Caldecott Committee and a master of layering, she will be on the lookout for the best patterns and most awesome shoes at Midwinter in Philly.    Bonus points for messy hair, adorable tights, great glasses and handmade or vintage items.  She promises to not be *too* awkward while taking your picture.  If you don’t get to meet her in person, you can find all of her snark on Twitter where she is @sharon.  

Brian Leaf

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Brian Leaf is the Instructional Design Librarian at the Ohio State University, where he is all about evidence-based learning and digital storytelling. Early mornings during conferences, he can typically be found exploring the city in blue tennis shoes. Fashion statement? Or just sensible for walking around? Hard to say. But as a fan of movies like “Mad Max” and “The Book of Eli”, he’ll be on the lookout for doomsday chic. Dusters, tight leather jackets, and steel-toed boots are must-haves for surviving the wasteland and promoting information literacy.

Dana Skwirut

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Dana is a Youth Services librarian in central New Jersey. She is active in the Tumblarian community and on Twitter, where her sass got her featured in School Library Journal. When she isn’t in Ice Cream story time, she is seeing the world, one tiny road trip at a time. You can find her on the internet at danaskwirut.com.

JP Porcaro

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New Jersey City University (NJCU) Acquisitions & Technological Discovery librarian. Senior Advisor to the EveryLibrary Political Action Committee. NJ’s ALA Council chapter councilor. NJLA Executive Board member. Professional partier. Library Journal Mover & Shaker ‘12 . ALA Emerging Leader ‘10. NJ Library Legend: http://bit.ly/189EtJG

Marc Meola

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Marc Meola lives in Philadelphia and is Humanities Librarian at The College of New Jersey. 

"Everyone sees how you appear, few touch what you are.

Dale McNeill

Dale McNeill will be wearing a bow tie. He’s been working in public libraries for the whole 32 years he’s been an ALA member and is currently an assistant director in a Texas library.

See you all next week! If you happen to see Ingrid or Annie, say hi! 

Barnard Library College Archivist Shannon O’Neill & Digital Archivist Martha Tenney wear blankets at work in the Archives. Academic libraryNew York, NY (yo) View high resolution

Barnard Library College Archivist Shannon O’Neill & Digital Archivist Martha Tenney wear blankets at work in the Archives

Academic library
New York, NY (yo)