In one of my random searches for library related websites/blogs/videos/anything-to-humorous-to-help-me-remember-why-I’m-putting-myself- through-the-torture-of-some-of-my-classes I came across a very interesting site entitled You don’t look like a librarian! This website is the creation of Ruth Kneale. The cool thing about this website is that it features Kneale’s work on the image that being a librarian has in today’s society. Kneale began doing research and giving presentations, most of which is provided on the web page, about the image of librarians in today’s society after she received many a comment along the lines of the title of this website.
The webpage is entirely navigateable through the sidebar. Not only does Kneale post copies of her research and information about her talks, she also has links to the articles from her bimonthly column called Spectacles: How Pop Culture Sees Librarians which can be found in Marketing Library Services, and a list of links to other library-related websites that are humorous or help break the librarian stereotype. Some of the more amusing ones include The Bellydancing Librarian (no further explanation needed) and Butt Kicking Librarians! (librarians who do karate). Another cool feature to the site is that Kneale has a Flickr feed at the bottom of the page for photos tagged with “librarian,” so she can show the world what librarians really look like.
If you’re looking for some fun reading on the subject of librarians’ image in society or just something to use are a conversation piece next time you’re talking about your profession and someone says to you “But you don’t look like a librarian” then I suggest reading her article You Don’t Look Like a Librarian! Librarians’ views of public perception in the Internet age.