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The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work—eEditions e-book
Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam E. Rigby
Item Number: 8400-7049
Publisher: ACRL
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312 pages
Year Published: 2014

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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.
Table of Contents


Embracing 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 Stereotype
Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby

Chapter 2
Academic Librarian Self-Image in Lore: How Shared Stories Convey and Define our Sense of Professional Identity
Sarah K. Steiner and Julie Jones

Chapter 3
The Stereotype Stereotype: Our Obsession with Librarian Representation
Gretchen Keer and Andrew Carlos

Chapter 4
That’s Women’s Work: Pink-Collar Professions, Gender, and the Librarian Stereotype
Ayanna Gaines

Chapter 5
From Sensuous to Sexy: The Librarian in Post-Censorship Print Pornography
David D. Squires

Chapter 6
Rainbow Warriors: Stories of Archivist Activism and the Queer Record
Terry Baxter

Chapter 7
Unpacking Identity: Racial, Ethnic, and Professional Identity and Academic Librarians of Color
Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, Juleah Swanson, and Azusa Tanaka

Chapter 8
Librarians and Felines: A History of Defying the “Cat Lady” Stereotype
Dorothy Gambrell and Amanda Brennan

Chapter 9
Between Barbarism and Civilization: Librarians, Tattoos, and Social Imaginaries
Erin Pappas
Chapter 10
At the Corner of Personality and Competencies: Exploring Professional Personas for Librarians
Lauren Pressley, Jenny Dale, and Lynda Kellam

Chapter 11
Student Perceptions of Academic Librarians: The Influence of Pop Culture and Past Experience
Melissa Langridge, Christine Riggi, and Allison Schultz

Chapter 12
The Revolution Will Not Be Stereotyped: Changing Perceptions through Diversity
Annie Pho and Turner Masland

Toward a New Inclusion in Library Work
K. R. Roberto

Author Bios
About the Editors

Nicole Pagowsky is an Instruction Librarian at the University of Arizona. She has a BA in communication science and rhetorical studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her MLIS and soon-to-be MS in educational technology and instructional design from the University of Arizona. Her research centers on game-based learning, critical library pedagogy, and student motivation.

Miriam Rigby is the Anthropology, Sociology, and Ethnic Studies Subject Specialist Librarian and liaison to the Honors College at the University of Oregon. Her undergraduate study and first MA were in cultural anthropology, which continues to guide her research as a librarian. She is especially active in the Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) of ACRL, serving as a chair on a variety of committees and enjoying the camaraderie of the members.

”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

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