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The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding how librarians are perceived. Through twelve chapters, the book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences. The ultimate goal of this volume is to launch productive discourse and inspire action in order to further the positive impact of the information professions. Through deconstructing the perceived truths of our profession and employing a critical eye, we can work towards improved status, increased diversity, and greater acceptance of each other.


ForewordEmbracing the Melancholy: How the Author Renounced Moloch and the Conga Line for Sweet Conversations on Paper, to the Air of "Second Hand Rose"James V. Carmichael Jr.

Chapter 1 Contextualizing Ourselves: The Identity Politics of the Librarian StereotypeNicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby
Chapter 2 Academic Librarian Self-Image in Lore: How Shared Stories Convey and Define our Sense of Professional IdentitySarah K. Steiner and Julie Jones
Chapter 3 The Stereotype Stereotype: Our Obsession with Librarian RepresentationGretchen Keer and Andrew Carlos
Chapter 4 That's Women's Work: Pink-Collar Professions, Gender, and the Librarian StereotypeAyanna Gaines
Chapter 5 From Sensuous to Sexy: The Librarian in Post-Censorship Print PornographyDavid D. Squires
Chapter 6 Rainbow Warriors: Stories of Archivist Activism and the Queer RecordTerry Baxter
Chapter 7 Unpacking Identity: Racial, Ethnic, and Professional Identity and Academic Librarians of ColorIsabel Gonzalez-Smith, Juleah Swanson, and Azusa Tanaka
Chapter 8 Librarians and Felines: A History of Defying the "Cat Lady" StereotypeDorothy Gambrell and Amanda Brennan
Chapter 9Between Barbarism and Civilization: Librarians, Tattoos, and Social ImaginariesErin Pappas Chapter 10At the Corner of Personality and Competencies: Exploring Professional Personas for LibrariansLauren Pressley, Jenny Dale, and Lynda Kellam
Chapter 11Student Perceptions of Academic Librarians: The Influence of Pop Culture and Past ExperienceMelissa Langridge, Christine Riggi, and Allison Schultz
Chapter 12The Revolution Will Not Be Stereotyped: Changing Perceptions through DiversityAnnie Pho and Turner Masland

AfterwordToward a New Inclusion in Library WorkK. R. Roberto

Author Bios

Nicole Pagowsky

Nicole Pagowsky is an Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the University of Arizona Libraries. She earned graduate degrees in LIS and Instructional Design from the University of Arizona. She teaches the ALA eCourse Instructional Design Essentials, and LIS 581 Information Literacy Pedagogy. Her research interests include critical approaches to pedagogy and instructional design, student motivation, and programmatic information literacy.

Miriam Rigby

Miriam Rigby is a social sciences librarian and serves as the collection manager for the social sciences at the University of Oregon Libraries. She earned her MLIS from University of Washington and a MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. Miriam’s research interests currently are focused on instruction and open access publishing.

"Starting with a rousing Foreword by the immensely entertaining James V. Carmichael, Jr., this book engages the reader all the way through the superb Afterword by K.R. Roberto."
— College & Research Libraries