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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 »