I just got back from an epic week of conferencing at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Pre-Conference (RBMS) and the American Library Association Annual Conference. I have one or two full posts I hope to pull together on those, and how generally fantastic my experience at both conferences was. For the moment, after spending a full eight days with library professionals, this is my biggest takeaway:
Making a point of not “looking like a librarian” is the new looking like a librarian. Yes, I see you have tattoos and blue hair, cats’-eye glasses, a lip ring and Converse. That really doesn’t make you any more awesome than any of the people walking around with their totebags, in their sandals and socks.
I posted a similar, more concise thought on twitter, and my favorite response was the guy who said he was cosplaying a middle-aged male special collections librarian. My people.
(And it’s not any of those individual things that gets me. It’s the ATTITUDE. We now have a whole subculture of library-hipster-douches. We’re librarians, people. Get over yourself.)
I posted this the other day, but it’s worth sharing these two links again:
- thelifeguardlibrarian’s list of libraries and librarians on tumblr
- rch-commonplacebook’s list of archives and archivists on tumblr
I just went on a follow-frenzy so any librarians and archivists seeing me for the first time, hello!