The Librarian Stereotype

Nicole Pagowsky & Miriam Rigby

The Librarian Stereotype

The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding how librarians are perceived. Through twelve chapters, the book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences. The ultimate goal of this volume is to launch productive discourse and inspire action in order to further the positive impact of the information professions. Through deconstructing the perceived truths of our profession and employing a critical eye, we can work towards improved status, increased diversity, and greater acceptance of each other.

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Table of Contents
 
Acknowledgements
 
Foreword
Embracing the Melancholy: How the Author Renounced Moloch and the Conga Line for Sweet Conversations on Paper, to the Air of “Second Hand Rose”
James V. Carmichael Jr.
 
Chapter 1
Contextualizing Ourselves: The Identity Politics of the Librarian Stereotype
Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby
 
Chapter 2
Academic Librarian Self-Image in Lore: How Shared Stories Convey and Define our Sense of Professional Identity
Sarah K. Steiner and Julie Jones
 
Chapter 3
The Stereotype Stereotype: Our Obsession with Librarian Representation
Gretchen Keer and Andrew Carlos
 
Chapter 4
That’s Women’s Work: Pink-Collar Professions, Gender, and the Librarian Stereotype
Ayanna Gaines
 
Chapter 5
From Sensuous to Sexy: The Librarian in Post-Censorship Print Pornography
David D. Squires
 
Chapter 6
Rainbow Warriors: Stories of Archivist Activism and the Queer Record
Terry Baxter
 
Chapter 7
Unpacking Identity: Racial, Ethnic, and Professional Identity and Academic Librarians of Color
Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, Juleah Swanson, and Azusa Tanaka
 
Chapter 8
Librarians and Felines: A History of Defying the “Cat Lady” Stereotype
Dorothy Gambrell and Amanda Brennan
 
Chapter 9
Between Barbarism and Civilization: Librarians, Tattoos, and Social Imaginaries
Erin Pappas
Chapter 10
At the Corner of Personality and Competencies: Exploring Professional Personas for Librarians
Lauren Pressley, Jenny Dale, and Lynda Kellam
 
Chapter 11
Student Perceptions of Academic Librarians: The Influence of Pop Culture and Past Experience
Melissa Langridge, Christine Riggi, and Allison Schultz
 
Chapter 12
The Revolution Will Not Be Stereotyped: Changing Perceptions through Diversity
Annie Pho and Turner Masland
 
Afterword
Toward a New Inclusion in Library Work
K. R. Roberto
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