You Don't Look Like a Librarian!
The survey itself
Do you look like a librarian? Isn't that an interesting question? What are we supposed to look like? Ask any person in the street and inevitably they'll answer an older woman, with her hair in a tight bun, wearing glasses, a cardigan, and sensible shoes. For those of us who don't match this stereotypical image, the usual response is "But you don't look like one!" Why not? Why do people think that we not only still look like the mid- century's stereotype, but that we're not the folks to ask about computers, Internet searches, or the World Wide Web? I am researching the perception of librarians in the Internet Age. I'll be collating the responses I get to the below short survey and presenting them as part of my talk at SLA 2002 called "You don't look like a librarian!". I'll also be presenting examples, both positive and negative, from all types of media on the topic. Please take just a moment and answer the questions below. Please send your responses directly back to me (email@example.com) and not to the listserv address! What's your gender? ___Male ___Female Your age range? ___ <20 ____20-29 ___30-30 ___40-49 ___50-59 ___60-69 ___ 70+ Where are you located? (state/country) Do you have a college degree(s)? __Y __N If so, in what? What year did you graduate? Or, how many years have you spent in librarianship? What type of library do you work in? ____Public ____Academic ____Corporate/private ___Other (please specify) What's your title? Has your title changed recently, and if so to what? What's your salary range? (in $5K increments please, as in $20-25K) What are your hobbies / activities outside work? Do fellow hobbyists comment on your profession? Are comments generally more positive or negative? Do you have visible body art? __Y __N Do patrons comment on your bodyart at work, or do you get comments directly on your profession about your bodyart? (anything like "I didn't know librarians had tattoos!", etc.) Do you get other comments, in general, about your appearance related to your job? Too young, too old, "I didn't know librarians dressed like that!", etc.? Do you feel that the public perception of librarians has changed in the last ten years? __Y __N For better or worse? Do you have a favorite recent (since 1990) portrayal of librarians in media? (Books, movies, etc) Or, do you have a recent portrayal that you really dislike? Do you have any short stories you'd like to share that have happened to you in relation to your appearance and profession? Thank you so very much for taking the time to add your voice - I hope to see you in Los Angeles!