Librarians are stereotyped. The average person might joke about librarians as rule-abiding, no nonsense, unfashionable women who shushes loud people. When you ask people what librarians wear, they might answer: glasses, frumpy blouses, skirts, or sensible shoes. This archtype might have been realistic thirty years ago, but it shouldn’t reflect the exciting and evolving role librarians are assuming now. Despite vast strides in technology and an evolving role in our communities, the stereotypical idea of librarians has not changed. The following video confronts this stereotype and counters it with pictures of current professionals that directly contradict these outdated ideas.
I think the image of librarians is an important topic because we and our job should be respected and not mocked. Afterall, it’s easier to underfund people and institutions that are not taken seriously. When people recognize the Other as a person like themselves and not a caracture, it is the first step towards a goal of mutual satisfaction.
Directed by Leanne Jernigan.