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The naughty librarian stereotype source material?

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Screen capture of Librarian on As with other public service professions such as teaching and nursing, we all have some experience with librarians. Historically women’s professions, these jobs are now all fully occupied by men and women of all ages.

A few librarians may still have pencils protruding from buns in their hair, but technology marches on and that stereotype is defunct. Many of us now have smart phones bulging in our pockets for easy communication via various media, and it is as easy, probably easier, to send search results to a printer as it is to pull out a pencil to write something down.

Recent librarian representations have been counter to the old stereotype, they are now the pendulum in the other direction, as demonstrated in the article from the web’s Bitch Magazine (I didn’t name it, I just read it). There is a kind of sweet and salty approach – cleavage and horn-rim glasses.

Librarian humorRegardless of how sexy we are, we are smart and do have well-developed senses of humor. I’d hazard a guess that the only thing unchanged about librarians is that a lot of us still probably wear glasses.

–Maggie Dwyer

Written by dwyer

February 25th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Feb 4 Friends Meeting CANCELLED

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Uncle! The Weather Wins!

Feb. 4 Friends of Library meeting cancelled.

The Friends of the Library meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm in Central Library has been cancelled.
The speaker, Joe G. Bax, would have had to drive to Arlington from near Huntsville, TX, and Friends members would have had to drive from their homes and navigate the icy campus from the parking garage to get into the library for the meeting. Neither sounded like a good prospect late on Wednesday afternoon when it was announced that the University of Texas at Arlington would be closed on Thursday, Feb. 3, for a third consecutive day due to the frigid temperatures and icy conditions.

Gerald Saxon, Dean of the UT Arlington Library, announced this afternoon that he plans to reschedule this speaker for later in the year.

Not all Friends members who receive our printed invitations are on our email list yet, so if you know someone who might regularly attends our meetings but might not receive this email, please pass on the word, to save them the trip on Friday. Thanks!

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Written by dwyer

February 2nd, 2011 at 8:53 pm