Not Your Ordinary Librarian

Debunking the Popular Perceptions of Librarians


  • Ashanti White, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

When you picture a librarian, what do you imagine? An old white woman with glasses and a prudish disposition? That is the image that many people conjure up when asked to picture a librarian; with 82 per cent of the professional force being female and the average age of a librarian at 45, coupled with popular stereotypical images, it is difficult to dispute the perceptions. But there is more to librarians than meets the eye. This book will explore the origin of the image and popular media images of the librarian, in addition to the effects of the stereotype, and the challenges to the perception of librarians today.
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Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science


Book information

  • Published: March 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-670-8


This book is entertaining as well as arguing the serious point that stereotypes do matter. It is recommended for this reason., The Australian Library Journal
both informative and engaging...welcome in any collection frequented by library folk., Booklist

Table of Contents

In the beginning: The origin of librarian stereotypes; Hollywood love affair: The librarian in American film; Heroes, vigilantes, and rock stars: The librarian on television; Not your ordinary library: The librarian in literature; How true are the perceptions?: Examining the common librarian; Diverging images: The sexy, author, and friendly librarian; The end of stereotypes: A new beginning.