In this book, Kneale chronicles librarians’ own obsession with their image and makes suggestions for how to deal with people who say “But you don’t look like a librarian!” (Why don’t you look like a librarian? My problem is my lack of glasses.) She also provides a vast survey of the resources available for exploring this topic further.
This is a fun little book (and Liz B. of Tea Cozy wrote the forward!) but its companion website is even better than the book itself, because it offers links to all the different resources mentioned in the book.
I recommend this for anybody who wants an overview of stereotypes of librarians and how actual librarians respond to them.
My favorite part, of course, was when the book addressed the topic of Rupert Giles, who is my librarian role model. (I like to imagine if Giles and Jenny Calendar traveled back in time to 1981 and had a kid together, she’d be me.)
Book: You Don’t Look Like a Librarian
Author: Ruth Kneale
Publisher: Information Today, Inc.
Original Publication Date: March 2009
Source of Book: Borrowed from library
Buy it (affiliate links): IndieBound – Powell’s
Photograph by L. Marie