Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Out with the Old, In With the New 'Young Hip Librarians'

Okay, I just had to share this with you good folks.  There is a group of young librarians out there who are busting stereotypes of the "typical librarian"--you know, the older lady with the bun and glasses who's shushing finger is always at the ready.  And I think that's great...I really do.  And I get the fact that younger people are more apt to ask for help from those that look more like them.  But the bottom line that you should care about is to have a librarian who knows her job, knows the culture, knows the hot book titles, and is passionate about that knowledge and sharing it.  I don't fit into the "young" category (though I've always dressed a little bit different than some), but I do think I fit into the latter category.  So, do I hear a shout out for the older hip librarians? Or do I have to dye my hair orange or buy a pair of boots, or...dare I say it...get a tattoo? 

7 comments:

Róisín said...

Hear hear! You've got my vote missus; it's always so contrived when people try to 'sex up' professions that are already pretty darn cool anyway. As you said, it should be about how well someone does their job, not what age they are or how they look. Very well said!

KY Warrior Librarian said...

You really can't judge a book by its cover. My cover may be showing some wear, but the inside content is just as relevant as ever!

Peggy Ehrhart said...

I agree that librarians are "pretty darn cool" as it is--but it's encouraging to note that young people are drawn to the profession. My 31-year-old son, who recently toured Europe with his punk band, is now working toward a degree in library science.

KY Warrior Librarian said...

That's awesome Peggy. Thanks for your comment. It's a wonderful field for young people.

Marie said...

I am so not cool, and never will be. I get kind of frustrated with the "hip librarian" thing and think it's starting to become just as tired a stereotype as the one it's supposedly replacing.

KY Warrior Librarian said...

Good point, Marie. You know the old song lyric "Everybody's beautiful, in their own way"?...Well, I think everyone is cool, in their own way.

Pioneer Library Organizer said...

hello, i'm maria from indonesia,
i'm a student in library science deparment Diponegoro University,

over view about librarian is a people wear old style fashion and never let the eyes glasses, so when I finish my colage, I'm wanna make a revolution in librarian style,

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