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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We all wore this accidentally on the same day!
Adult Librarian, Teen Librarian, Children’s Supervising Librarian
Public Library
California View high resolution

We all wore this accidentally on the same day!

Adult Librarian, Teen Librarian, Children’s Supervising Librarian

Public Library

California

Jacob Brown, Library Assistant, Holmes County District Public Library, Millersburg, Ohio
Taking it easy on Saturday with The Sun Also Rises. Where’s my drink? View high resolution

Jacob Brown, Library Assistant, Holmes County District Public Library, Millersburg, Ohio

Taking it easy on Saturday with The Sun Also Rises. Where’s my drink?

I am still wearing this jacket because I love it.
Manger of The 2nd Floor, Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga, TN View high resolution

I am still wearing this jacket because I love it.

Manger of The 2nd Floor, Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga, TN

Herringbooks Cardigan & glasses.
Proud future librarian.
Youth Services Library Associate @ Princeton Public Library
Currently in the process of getting MLIS. View high resolution

Herringbooks Cardigan & glasses.

Proud future librarian.

Youth Services Library Associate @ Princeton Public Library

Currently in the process of getting MLIS.

Help, LW!
So, I left libraries last May to see try my hand in the web development world outside of them. Long story short, it turned out to not be a good fit, and here I am 10 months later, back in libraryland. I’m thrilled to have just started my new position with the Colorado State Library as Digital Experience Consultant, where I’ll be managing the content strategy for the web sites that we develop and maintain to support our state-wide initiatives in helping libraries bridge their own digital divides.
But back to last spring for a minute. Dress code at my non-library employer was typical for a tech organization: jeans, in-joke tech t-shirts, and flip-flops. While I mostly adopted this code while I was there, even on “dress up” days, like when we had professional head shots taken, I was surprised at how OVER dressed I often was—just a work culture difference. I didn’t buy any new clothes while I worked there.
 Anyway, I started running last summer, and as a result, I‘ve lost about 30 pounds of post-pregnancy/parenting weight. After I was offered and accepted my new job a few weeks ago, I found myself standing in my closet, realizing that, truly, honestly, I had nothing to wear to work. Not. One. Thing. I’ve dropped three sizes in women’s clothing, and I couldn’t even fake wearing any of the work pants, skirts, tops, or dresses hanging there.
So, LW readers, this is where I need some help. Here’s a little more information first, and then I’ve got some burning questions for you. Our official dress code (our parent organization is the Department of Education) is business casual, with jeans allowed on Fridays. Most days, I’ll be commuting to and sitting in an office in downtown Denver, but I’ll also have some travel/training obligations across Colorado—which is VERY casual, especially compared to the East coast, where I started my career—and I’ll also be attending my usual slate of library conferences. I’m intrigued by the “capsule wardrobe” concept, and I know that I look good in structured outfits like pencil skirts and crew neck cardigans with ¾ sleeves. I don’t have a whole lot of time to take care of fussy fabrics, although I don’t mind taking things to the dry cleaners. What else? I’m tall-ish.

Based on this information, my questions for you are…….
*Answer all or just some of the questions below, none are “mandatory.”
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Help, LW!

So, I left libraries last May to see try my hand in the web development world outside of them. Long story short, it turned out to not be a good fit, and here I am 10 months later, back in libraryland. I’m thrilled to have just started my new position with the Colorado State Library as Digital Experience Consultant, where I’ll be managing the content strategy for the web sites that we develop and maintain to support our state-wide initiatives in helping libraries bridge their own digital divides.

But back to last spring for a minute. Dress code at my non-library employer was typical for a tech organization: jeans, in-joke tech t-shirts, and flip-flops. While I mostly adopted this code while I was there, even on “dress up” days, like when we had professional head shots taken, I was surprised at how OVER dressed I often was—just a work culture difference. I didn’t buy any new clothes while I worked there.

 Anyway, I started running last summer, and as a result, I‘ve lost about 30 pounds of post-pregnancy/parenting weight. After I was offered and accepted my new job a few weeks ago, I found myself standing in my closet, realizing that, truly, honestly, I had nothing to wear to work. Not. One. Thing. I’ve dropped three sizes in women’s clothing, and I couldn’t even fake wearing any of the work pants, skirts, tops, or dresses hanging there.

So, LW readers, this is where I need some help. Here’s a little more information first, and then I’ve got some burning questions for you. Our official dress code (our parent organization is the Department of Education) is business casual, with jeans allowed on Fridays. Most days, I’ll be commuting to and sitting in an office in downtown Denver, but I’ll also have some travel/training obligations across Colorado—which is VERY casual, especially compared to the East coast, where I started my career—and I’ll also be attending my usual slate of library conferences. I’m intrigued by the “capsule wardrobe” concept, and I know that I look good in structured outfits like pencil skirts and crew neck cardigans with ¾ sleeves. I don’t have a whole lot of time to take care of fussy fabrics, although I don’t mind taking things to the dry cleaners. What else? I’m tall-ish.

Based on this information, my questions for you are…….

*Answer all or just some of the questions below, none are “mandatory.”

Children’s librarian and doctoral candidate in early literacy research, Vancouver, BC, Canada. View high resolution

Children’s librarian and doctoral candidate in early literacy research, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Library Assistant II, Florida Public Library.
Hard Hats are found in section 398.545 in your Dewey Decimal System. We are booking it here in our hard hats as our library is torn down and rebuilt, but, we remain open during construction. Are we hard hatting it, or what?! View high resolution

Library Assistant II, Florida Public Library.

Hard Hats are found in section 398.545 in your Dewey Decimal System. We are booking it here in our hard hats as our library is torn down and rebuilt, but, we remain open during construction. Are we hard hatting it, or what?!

Accidental Black & Blue Thursday at our library!
Youth Services & IT Dept.
Princeton Public Library, New Jersey View high resolution

Accidental Black & Blue Thursday at our library!

Youth Services & IT Dept.

Princeton Public Library, New Jersey

I wear this jacket pretty much every day.  I got it at Old Navy on clearance.  I think it’s pretty awesome.  My wife Haley sewed the Super Mario Mushroom on it because I love Nintendo stuff.  I like tiny little modifications to clothing.  
Manger of The 2nd Floor, Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga, TN View high resolution

I wear this jacket pretty much every day.  I got it at Old Navy on clearance.  I think it’s pretty awesome.  My wife Haley sewed the Super Mario Mushroom on it because I love Nintendo stuff.  I like tiny little modifications to clothing.  

Manger of The 2nd Floor, Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga, TN