Hold the Bun: The Evolution of Librarians


What is the first image that comes to mind when someone says the word “librarian” to you?  Be honest!

How many of you see this?

Courtesy of the Semi-Hip Librarian blog

Maybe some of you see this?

Courtesy of the Government and Heritage Library Blog, from the State Library of North Carolina

Gone are the days of the stern, shushing bun-wearing librarian!   We are male and female and every color and creed but united in our determination to provide the highest level of service to our patrons.

We can be funny and creative and downright quirky as shown by the viral video, Librarians Do Gaga, performed by faculty and students of the University of Washington’s Information School.  Lyrics about catalogs and Boolean searching are all set to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.

On the serious side, librarians stand on the front lines in the battle for intellectual freedom and against censorship.  This is our vocation and we are dedicated to upholding the highest standards.  We protect a patron’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to resources consulted or borrowed.

Librarians have fought the USA Patriot Act and forced the government to back down.  The “Connecticut Four” brought national attention to the use of national security letters (“NSL”) and lifetime gag orders that were issued without court approval.  In Library Connection v. Gonzales, a library consortium fought back against the FBI and the government eventually withdrew both the lifetime gag order against all the librarians who had seen the NSL and the request for the records.

We are information warriors!  Hear us roar!  Just not in the dedicated Quiet Area, though.  Just kidding…sort of.

Image courtesy of the Librarian Avengers

I like to end these blog posts with a laugh so here we go courtesy of the Warrior Librarian

Library Quiz Answers from Middle Schoolers

  • “Information on dragons can be found by asking one of them in the office.”
  • “You shouldn’t eat in the library because there are too many germs.”
  • “Copyright is using the copier the right way.”
  • “Plagiarism is when you copy someone else without them finding out.”

and my personal favorite:

  • “Students are allowed to use the photocopier when it is working.”

Come visit us in the Law Library!  No stern, shushing, bun-wearers in sight!

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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