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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LW Photoshoot at ALA MW!

Hello everyone!

A BIG to-do coming up at ALA MW. A photographer who created this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/17/occupy-wall-street-faces_n_1015900.html#s414602 wants to do a librarian photoshoot. Here is the photographer’s website: http://www.kylecassidy.com/

We need 20 librarians. You don’t need to dress fancy, you just need to dress like you.

Will you still be in Philly Monday the 27th? 7 PM-ish? 

Contact Ingrid at magpielibrarian@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Please share with everyone you know who is attending ALA MW 2014. Spots are limited though so no promises that everyone can be photographed. 

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! 

Call for photographers at ALA MW 2014 in Philadelphia

Are you attending ALA MW in Philadelphia later this month? We are seeking 5-8 savvy photographers with an eye for awesome style to take photos for the Librarian Wardrobe Blog!

Fill out this form and we will contact you if you have been selected as a photographer.

Thanks and share with anyone you know who is going. See you there! 

#sla2013 photos! Sorry for the delay, this is LW’s fault not Meredith’s, she had her pics to us within a few days of the conference!

Tina Lerno Katz- Information Specialist at Large (and maker of this fabulous dress)

Melissa Cheung, Science & Engineering Librarian, University of Ottawa Library (Melissa got dressed every morning of the conference with the thought that she might be photographed for Librarian Wardrobe)

Erin DeFord- student Drexel University, MS Library and Information Science with an Archives Concentration, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ozzie Meza- HR Staff Manager, Allstate Insurance, Chicago, Illinois (within the library!)

Lora Bray & Stephanie Heyroth
Lora- Research Librarian, Information Resource Center, Credit Union National Associaton, Madison, Wisconsin
Stephanie- Information Specialist, Talent Acquisition, Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, Illinois

Thanks to Meredith for taking pictures, and thanks to those photographed for letting us post your pictures!

Here are your #ala2013 photographers! Keep an eye out for them in Chicago. They will be wearing this limited edition patch so you know they are the real thing. We also will have these patches with just “librarian wardrobe” and the cat on them if you would like your very own. We’ll especially have the patches available at the After Hours Party if you can’t find Nicole elsewhere to procure one.


Dana Skwirut is a children’s librarian in New Jersey. She often ventures beyond the stacks into the great outdoors, armed with a camera and coffee. In between tracking down books about robots, she keeps up with the latest trends in tech, books, food, and internet cats on her tumblr: thedanaash.

Julie K. Williams works at the California Department of Education as the California State Coordinator for the National Assessment of Educational Progress  (NAEP). She lives in Sacramento with her teen daughter, dog Lulu, and fluffy cat Buttons. Julie once did 19 underwater somersaults in a single breath.

Lisa Dibbern is a public librarian at Baltimore County Public Library. She’s a Midwest native, you’ll now find her on the streets of Baltimore consuming massive amounts of food, art and life. She’s worked in libraries the last 8 1/2 yrs and yes, she loves talking to patrons about all sorts of inappropriate topics. Her favorite Librarianing accessories include: a thick pad of sticky notes, a button maker and beautiful, beautiful shoes!

Kevin Toomey just graduated from library school in May and is currently looking for a full time library job. In the meantime he works part time at the Skokie Public Library where he teaches in the Digital Media Lab.

Caitlin Pollock is the Digital Services Assistant for Loyola University Chicago’s Cudahy Library. She is a Pratt Institute SILS graduate and digital humanities masters candidate at Loyola. 

Genevieve Grove is a Children’s Librarian in Chicagoland ready to be overwhelmed by her first ALA Annual.  She’ll be looking for vintage lovers, people unafraid of wearing color and adorable (but conference-friendly) shoes. 

Annie Pho currently works as a resident librarian at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her interests are in academic librarianship, information literacy, digital culture, and hanging out with cats. She tweets as @catladylib. Looking to snap pictures of people wearing cool cosplay costumes, the color purple, clever t-shirts, or all around awesome style.

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith is a Resident Librarian at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the Reference and Instruction department. She is also an archivist and currently volunteering to build an archive for a social activist on the south side of Chicago. Outside of work, Isabel loves to travel, explore museums, watch documentaries, discover photobooths, and smother Boxer puppies. 

Patch design by Hannah Nance Partlow
Printing by Tanline Printing

#sla2013, be prepared to get LW’d. Meredith Miller will be covering the conference for us, so keep an eye out for her this weekend!
Meredith Miller is the Librarian at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.  She graduated from Rutgers University with her MLIS in 2011, and loves random movie/tv/celebrity trivia, and cookies.  Pass along your condolences about the Mets this season when you see her at SLA.  Follow her on Twitter @SprtsLibra_rian (and she promises to be better about using Twitter).

#sla2013, be prepared to get LW’d. Meredith Miller will be covering the conference for us, so keep an eye out for her this weekend!

Meredith Miller is the Librarian at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.  She graduated from Rutgers University with her MLIS in 2011, and loves random movie/tv/celebrity trivia, and cookies.  Pass along your condolences about the Mets this season when you see her at SLA.  Follow her on Twitter @SprtsLibra_rian (and she promises to be better about using Twitter).

#ala2013 LW photographers form is up!

Deadline to submit is by your bedtime on Monday, June 10th!

Hitting up conferences this weekend? Keep an eye out for these ladies (in order of pictures)…….

Annie Pho: She will be covering C2E2 in Chicago on Friday 4/26!

Annie Pho currently works as a resident librarian at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her interests are in academic librarianship, information literacy, digital culture, and hanging out with cats. She tweets as @catladylib. Looking to snap pictures of people wearing cool cosplay costumes, the color purple, clever t-shirts, or all around awesome style.


Leslie Jankowski, Effie Patelos, and Nicole LaMoreaux: covering ARLIS/NA in Pasadena for #ARLIS2013!

Leslie Niemczura Jankowski is the Assistant Director of Library Services at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to serving as the sole cataloger, she also acts as Library Instruction Coordinator. Outside of the library she spends time with her husband Bil and toddler son Simon, and sings back up for the band Nick Tolford and Company.

Nicole LaMoreaux is currently an Evening Librarian at LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library and a Reference Assistant at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Gladys Marcus Library. She received her Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Nicole has had a keen interest in fashion dating back to when she was in kindergarten in Alabama and always wore a wedding dress. She is excited to be a contributor of Librarian Wardrobe for the ARLIS-NA national conference in Pasadena.

Effie Patelos is the Acting Librarian who directs and manages the services, resources, and staff of the Shore + Moffat Library at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture  Landscape and Design for the 2012/13 academic year. Previously she was a Reference and Instruction Librarian and Information Literacy Coordinator at Concordia University in Montreal. She has a Master of Information in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto conferred in 2011. 

LW Photographers at #alamw13 Seattle

Keep an eye out for the Librarian Wardrobe Photographers in Seattle, they will be asking to take your picture. They will also have laminated badges to confirm they are photographers for the blog.

Also don’t forget about the LW + EveryLibrary Afterhours Party on 1/26 (Saturday), 10pm — all event details here. Some of the photographers will be at the party to get pictures there as well.

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).

Here we go in alpha order. See you next week!

Angela Barratt

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Angela Barratt will be graduating with her MSIS from the University of Texas School of Information in May, and is flinging her résumé far and wide in hopes of a position as a children’s or teen services librarian in a public library in a large city somewhere. She is currently an intern at Austin Public Library, and dreams of one day serving on the Caldecott committee. She would like to describe her fashion sense as “shabby chic,” but is afraid that the shabby often outweighs the chic.

When photographing, she’ll be looking for natural lighting.  She’s a fan of unique pieces that draw the eye but don’t intimidate.  She also loves interesting hair styles. 

Sonia Bautista

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Sonia Bautista is currently the Acting Senior Librarian at the City of Commerce Public Library. She graduated from San Jose State and her first librarian job was at Commerce Library as a Teen Librarian 5 years ago. Her first job ever was at a library at age 16 and she has not left the library world ever since. She is the past president of the REFORMA LA Chapter and the currently she is the Treasurer. Sonia will be in the hunt looking for librarians who are not afraid to show some skin while keeping it classy.

Celia C. Perez

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Celia C. Perez is a community college librarian / department chairperson in Chicago. She writes about Latinos in children’s and YA books on her blog All Brown All Around (http://all-brown-all-around.blogspot.com) and is beyond the moon to be serving on the 2014 Pura Belpré Award committee. In addition to being a librarian and a mom, she makes zines, works on her novel, crosses things off her list (http://100things2013.blogspot.com), and photographs unattractive boots. Her favorite male writer is Sherman Alexie (duh), and her favorite sock company is Sweet Marcel. At ALA Midwinter she will be on the look out for unique socks, spectacular boots, beautiful tattoos and Sherman Alexie. She may also ask if your collar is detachable.

Miriam Rigby

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Miriam is a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Oregon. Her background is in cultural anthropology and she applies this through her active involvement with the Anthropology & Sociology Section of ACRL, as well as in day to day live, observing people and fashion from behind the reference desk. She’s hardly fashionable, but she has some style, and that’s what she’ll be seeking out as a photographer. You’ll get her attention with confidence and shiny things.

Rebecca Zarazan Dunn

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Rebecca Zarazan Dunn is a Youth Services Library Assistant at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas. Her blog home is Sturdy for Common Things and her favorite librarian accessory is a book, naturally.

At ALA MW she’ll be looking for classic librarian wear, bold hues, and unique personal styles.

Librarian Wardrobe Photographers for #ala12

Keep an eye out for these ladies and gentleman in Anaheim, they will be asking to take your picture for Librarian Wardrobe. They will also have LW laminated badges 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).

Here we go in reverse alpha-order. See you next week!

Miriam Rigby

Miriam Rigby has been a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Oregon for almost 4 years.  She enjoys fashion/trend spotting from behind the reference desk and interpreting people’s presentation(s)-of-self through an anthropological lens. Her own style is equal parts eclectic and lazy, but she likes to think she’s regularly more quirky than frumpy!

While photographing for LW, she’s looking for people with personalized style who project confidence, though she’s also easily distracted by shiny things. (Miriam will also be Moderator for the Librarian Wardrobe Conversation Starter session, Style and Stereotypes: Perceptions of Librarians.)

Annie Pho

Annie Pho recently graduated from Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Library and Information Science. She currently works as a reference and instruction librarian at a community college. Her interests are in academic librarianship, information literacy, digital preservation of culture, and contemplating how we relate to the world around us. She is a managing editor for the HackLibSchool blog, and tweets as @catladylib. Looking to snap pictures of people wearing grandma/grandpa-esque clothes, the color purple, cat-themed sweaters, or all around awesome style.

Cynthia Mari Orozco

Cynthia is the Librarian-in-Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and postgrad library student in Archival Studies at UCLA. The last time ALA was in town, she was a restaurant server in Anaheim and fell in love with the fun, stylish librarians who graced her presence. This may have had some impact on her decision to go to library school! Four years and one MLIS later, she’s happy to return to Anaheim as a new librarian, documenting the diverse styles that we’ll be sure to see throughout the conference. (Cynthia also took photos for us at Midwinter and we’re excited to have her as a photographer again!)

Lauren Comito

Lauren Comito is an Outreach Librarian at Queens Library. She graduated with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2002, but NOT with a degree in fashion.  These days you can often find her hunched over her sewing machine making pencil skirts. (Lauren is a regular LW Contributor and will also be judging in the After Hours + LW Party with the Best-Dressed and Walkoff Contest.)

Andrew Carlos

Andrew is the incoming STEM/WEB librarian at CSU East Bay, where he hopes to nerd it out with both the library staff and the STEM departments. His sense of style is as eclectic as his interests, which includes (amateur) programming, urban planning, and sociology. His most recent fashion obsession? Bags, especially finding the perfect work bag. At ALA Annual, he’ll be keeping an eye out for throwbacks to earlier fashion styles and maybe brave souls willing to wearing clashing fabrics in the name of being unique.

Lauren Bradley

Lauren is the systems librarian at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.  She serves as an ALA committee intern for the Public and Cultural Programming Advisory Committee and an active member of the NYC librarian social scene.  Her style has a distinct retro flair, favoring pin-up style hair, 50s reproduction clothing, and over-sized costume jewelry. Betsey Johnson is her favorite designer. Follow her: @BibliosaurusRex. At ALA, she is hoping to photograph some unique pieces and bright summer colors. Fabulous accessories are always appreciated! Catch her at the conference here. (Lauren took photos for us at Midwinter as well and we’re stoked she’s back!)