I am typically very strict about keeping this Tumblr clean, showing only user-submitted photos, interviews, and the occasional guest post, never really getting very meta or beyond the intended purpose. But, since I will be presenting at the (free and virtual) Library 2.011 Conference, talking about Librarian Wardrobe for the panel, Riding the “Long Tail”: Leveraging a Niche to Build a Network, I wanted to post the info here for those of you interested in learning more about this project with an opportunity to ask questions.
It is from 10-11am PST on Thursday, November 3rd.
With me will be Micah Vandegrift (Hack Library School), Daniel Ransom (Information Amateurs Social Club), and our co-moderators, John Jackson and Young Lee.
The hashtag for this session will be #libniche (and the hashtag for the whole conference is #lib2011). Hope to see you there!
-- stuck in buns and flats
I think the submissions are coming from librarians with a range of life experience, so nailing down one age wouldn’t really apply. If you don’t feel like some of the looks are appropriate for you, you could try modifying what you see with more classic pieces. I always say do what feels right; just like with fashion magazines, simply because someone says it’s in style or it looks great on a model doesn’t mean you have to wear it.
Hope this helps, thanks for the question!
Hey everyone! Librarian Wardrobe has expanded from just Nicole curating the blog to three new contributors. Wanting to make this a better resource, we’re hoping to improve the metadata and organization of posts, as well as include more informational content, like interviews and tips. We’re still planning this out, but it’s on the way. The hope is for this Tumblr to be useful, interesting, and incredible, whimsical fun.
Three of us will be at ALA 2011, and we are looking forward to seeing you there! Lauren, Allie, and Nicole will be wearing the following badge (below), and we’d love to take pictures of people wearing interesting outfits and/or having interesting reasons for wearing what they’re wearing. Because we can’t be everywhere at once, we also hope you’ll take pictures during the conference and submit them.
And now for introductions, all of us in alpha order:
Lauren has recently begun a new position as an Outreach Librarian for Queens Library in the Rockaway area of Queens She’s a passionate advocate for library services in NYC and elsewhere, working as the webmaster and managing editor for the website savenyclibraries.org. She has an Associates in Fine Art from FIT and likes to think she
absorbed a little fashion sense by osmosis while she was there.
She also makes some killer dill pickles.
Allie is User Experience Librarian at Portland Community College, where she user researches, references, teaches, outreaches, and star bellied sneetches—although she very nearly ended up with the job title “resident nerd”. She tweets, blogs, and librarian wardrobes as shinylib.
Currently Allie is obsessed with tutus and has been contemplating what the response might be if she began wearing them to the refdesk. Shoes, handbags/lunchpails, and stripey socks in all colors and lengths dominate her wardrobe.
Shiny style, as explained by a friend: madcap pastiche that burns away the Pacific NW grey, helps you get through the day and blasts through the ennui armor of hipsters with an unexpected attack of the authentic.
Nicole is the creator/curator of Librarian Wardrobe and is very excited to have Lauren, Allie, and Sam joining her as contributors! Nicole is a librarian for Dallas County Community College District, a volunteer and admin for Radical Reference, and a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader (check out Nicole and her team’s research on videogame collections in libraries). Nicole Tweets @pumpedlibrarian, and you can check out her ALA 11 schedule on Connect (must be logged in).
Being a bicycle commuter/joyrider, Nicole has a more casual/active preference to her style, and loves layers, un-ironic fanny packs, and sidebraids (which help make helmet hair less gnarly without looking like a character from Little House on the Prarie). She’s interested in seeing your style and loves approving new Librarian Wardrobe posts!
Sam is the Community Librarian for Woodland, Washington, which is part of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in Southwest Washington. Sam is married, and has two great children. When he isn’t librarianing, husbanding, or fathering, he spends his spare minutes writing plays and knitting.
Sam also created a survey, if you’d be kind enough to complete — about what you wear to conferences: