Tuesday, February 8, 2011
White red flower button up: Heritage 1981
Gray skirt: Old Navy
Boots: Famous Footwear
There we go- much cheerier!!! I absolutely love this floral button up shirt- it works so well with jeans and skirts alike. It was perfect for a day of more homework (government docs this time! eek!), our weekly meeting, class, and more homework. Now I am relaxing at home with some red wine and episodes of the BBC Robin Hood (which is so cheesy I really only kept watching for the Armitage) before my at home reference chat shift.
And I can't stop looking at my sleeve:
On a nerdier note, I read this amazing chapter from a book by Marilyn Johnson* for my intro class about BA librarians changing the field. It got me thinking about the inherited responsibility of changing perceptions- do librarians need to be more active in changing the librarian stereotype? Johnson mentions that "about a third of the library graduate programs in the United States have now ditched the word library." (9) I think that creating this hipper image of a "librarian" isn't necessarily a bad thing, but that shouldn't be a primary concern. Shouldn't we be focused more on creating a more welcoming image, stereotypical or not?
I may be a bit frumpy and unhip but I know I want to do my best to make patrons feel welcome.
Also, fun fact, did you know that maybe 10-20% of the population surrounding a public library actually uses the resources? Some argue that we should spend our efforts getting in the unserved population. My professor brought up an interesting counterargument today- if we serve the 10% we are, in essence, serving the rest of the population because, since the 10% are educated with the libraries resources, others go to them for help. Interesting.
*Johnson, Marilyn. "The Frontier", Chapter 1. In This Book Is Overdue Harper Collins, 2010. pp. 1-12.