John Hubbard has written a wonderful essay on librarians: what we are, how we’re perceived, how we’re presented in various mediums.
Many people may hold the image of a librarian as a shushing school marm who does little more than stamp and shelve books because that’s all they’ve seen librarians do. Well think again – that’s about as inaccurate as believing that Alan Greenspan is nothing more than a glorified bank teller.
Amen, Brother! (As an aside, Erica Olsen’s essay linked above is one of my all-time favorites.)
Along with the essay is a panoply of images, articles, and cultural artifacts. Delightful stuff. Have a look.