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Librarians On YouTube: About this blog

Librarians On YouTube: About this blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"... there is a definite archetype that has been established within our culture when it comes to what a librarian is "supposed" to look/act like, and that figure has permeated the representation of this field for more years than I care to count ... Whether it be film and television, or more modern media outlets like video games and the internet, you can find the librarians' profession portrayed (even ridiculed) with the same basic broad strokes. So, not to put too fine a point on it, but that's where this blog comes in ... THE PLAN Ever since I myself (full disclosure!) began pursuing a Master's Degree in order to join the ranks of the full-fledged librarian, I've become fascinated with the portrayal of this profession in popular culture, particularly those depictions which have made their way onto Youtube ... As such, I decided long ago to begin cataloging as many instances of these representations as I could find on the popular video-sharing site. A daunting task, to be sure, but I gladly accept the challenge ... And, truth be told, there are a LOT more portrayals of librarianship on there than I ever could have imagined! Of course, there's plenty of the familiar (i.e. unflattering) stereotypes on there, but dig deep enough and you can actually find some honest-to-goodness attempts to portray the profession in a positive light (some posted by librarians themselves, some not); you just need to take the time to look ... or follow this blog, either one ;) These portrayals can consist of fictitious characters (television, cartoons, movies, etc.) or real-life flesh-and-blood librarians (news stories, promotional videos, vlogs, etc.) ... Whatever the genre, whatever the format, I'm just looking for YouTube videos that someone out there felt was worth the time and effort to post for a world-wide audience as a representation of the profession (either in a positive or negative light)!" 
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A stunning collection of portrayals of librarians found on YouTube!

Well done, Alessandro!

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Ten Library Stories That Shaped 2013 | LISNews

"...the notable library happenings of the past year!"

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Great compilation! 

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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, January 5, 2014 11:15 AM

Rehash. Good stuff. 

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Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians

Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Joe Hardenbrook

I love seeing how the public and the media portray librarians. Whether it’s theshushing/conservative stereotype, “naughty librarian” stereotype, under-appreciated & over-worked public servant (this one is NSFW-but one of my faves!), dealing with inept patrons, or even ones that combine the brainy stereotype with sexiness - I eat it up. I wonder if accountants or architects feel the same way when they see their field portrayed?

Entering Pop Culture

So, how do we know when librarians have hit the big time? Lego has introduced a Lego Librarian – part of its minifigures series line. This line of minifigures is an eclectic group. Series #10, which the librarian belongs to, also includes awarrior woman, sad clown, and a paintball player among others. In fact, the librarian is the only viable career option in the set! How cool is that?

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So besides the official Lego Librarian version and my knock-off, how might we portray other librarians in Lego form? Or what other ways are we perceived by peers or the public? I decided to take a stab at it and had a bit of fun. Maybe you even know a few of these. So here’s my satirical take. What would you add?

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A bit of fun playing with librarian stereotypes!

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Lena Kaufmann's curator insight, July 29, 2013 8:23 AM

The official Lego librarian and about 30 variations the author built ! Fun !

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13 More Wonderful Librarian Tattoos

13 More Wonderful Librarian Tattoos | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"[...] already shown 11 great librarian tattoos  (http://mentalfloss.com/article/12483/11-amazing-librarian-tattoos), but as I’m sure you can imagine, that is by no means the full extent of librarians with book-related ink.

Here are 13 more librarians with fantastic tattoos related to their choice of career."

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Inspiring!

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Our Favorite Pop Culture Librarians, By Alison Nastasi

Our Favorite Pop Culture Librarians, By Alison Nastasi | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The librarian is one of the most misunderstood figures in pop culture history. The patronizing character John Rothman played in Sophie’s Choice and the “old maid” Donna Reed portrayed in It’s a Wonderful Lifeare just a few of the negative, unflattering, and downright laughable images of librarians that our society has been inundated with. There are, however, several fine examples of realistic, intelligent, competent, and yes, even sexy librarians in cinema, television, and beyond. We’ve detailed 15 of our favorite fictional librarians, below.

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Very funny! 

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Brooklyn librarians form band and rock out - New York Daily News

Brooklyn librarians form band and rock out - New York Daily News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Mark Morales / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

"These Brooklyn librarians have gone from shelving books to rocking out in a band.
The six librarians have formed a roving band called Lost in the Stacks - a jazz and blues band that plays at book festivals and branches all over the city.
The group is a far cry from the stern stereotypes of librarians.
“This gives the people another image of librarians,” said the band’s founding member, Jack McCleland, 65, the head librarian at the main branch at Grand Army Plaza.
“There’s this stereotype of librarians being this older woman with her hair in a bun shushing everyone. We’re not like that. We have a lot of very hip and very cool people.”

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/shush-brooklyn-librarians-form-band-rock-article-1.1112283#ixzz20OThrVwX

 

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