Librarians just don’t get enough respect. There have been stereotypes from the beginning. Marian the Librarian, ring a bell? Sure, we all could be guilty of perpetuating these stereotypes once in a while. Before I started library school in January of 2007, I dressed up for Halloween as a “sexy librarian” see below:
But, I also value librarians, and its not just because I have my MLIS. The recent articles in the media about librarians (young and old) just annoy me. Have you read the CNN article? Ill sum it up. Apparently new, young librarians are all hipsters who Twitter and don’t care about the Dewey Decimal System. To quote an old colleague of mine, fellow librarian, who doesn’t Twitter to my knowledge: “BARF. Give me a break already…”
Librarians are educated professionals, we are the “MacGyvers” of information, most times we work with very little and give big results. Give librarians some respect!
Librarians aren’t all the same, some of us may have tattoos, some may abuse Twitter, and maybe some aren’t thrilled with library classification systems, but don’t think we are all cut from the same cloth, its insulting.