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In one of my classes our professor had us read and respond to an opinion piece by Francine Fialkoff, Editor-in-Chief of Library Journal, entitled “The Image Thing” about the image of librarians. The following is my response:

On this issue of “librarian image” I find myself wanting to have my cake and eat it too. That is to say, I do want to be taken seriously, I do want not to be stereotyped as a fuddy-duddy boring type. Last weekend I mentioned to an old acquaintance (a professor of South Asian Studies and Culture) that I was enrolled in library school and found myself getting a bit flustered when her reaction was, “You?!? Want to be a liBRARian?” with a slightly disgusted look on her face. I realized that her image of a librarian was that of someone dry and dull and with no social life, someone mousy. I reassured her (and myself) that becoming a librarian would not relegate me to such a fate. Read the rest of this entry »

In one of my classes we are reading about copyright law. Little did I think before I started library school that librarians would need to be cognizant of (or concerned about) the law. I went looking for websites that would be of use to librarians (or library school students) who were interested in reading more about the topic…

Here are some interesting sites I found:

Mary Minow runs the Library Law site, which focuses on issues of legal interest to libraries. She has an MLS from University of Michigan and a J.D. from Stanford: 

Library Law blog:

Family Friendly Libraries has a page called “Laws affecting libraries” which while on the surface seems library friendly, is actually pro-censorship:


November 2007