Advice from a Spin Doctor for Librarians

November 16, 2006 at 9:44 pm 4 comments

I just read Librarians ‘Should be Sexier’ on and I actually had to read it twice to be certain that this was a serious article. Yes, it would now appear that it has been decided by a “senior spin doctor” that the word librarian should be banned because it connotates too many negative images. Oh, and apparently the way that we can ensure the health and vitality of libraries is to hire based upon appearance — we need to make sure we staff our libraries only with beautiful people. The article does mention that librarians in Britain are disgusted with this suggestion, but I can’t believe that anyone even had the gall to suggest it in the first place. Maybe we need to ban the word politican because of the negative connotations or the word lawyer… just my quick two cents for the day.


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  • 1. Bill Drew  |  November 17, 2006 at 8:48 am

    It may be a stupid statement but I think its quite funny. Librarians take their public image too seriously. The man was an idiot. Enjoy the laugh.

  • 2. Janie L. Hermann  |  November 17, 2006 at 11:01 am

    I actually did enjoy a little laugh over it because it is just so far out there you can’t help but roll your eyes and laugh a little. Perhaps my feeble attempt at witty sarcasm did not transmit properly when I suggested we also ban the words politician and lawyer because of the negative image those profession have with many 😉

  • 3. K.G. Schneider  |  November 18, 2006 at 11:36 am

    On a tangent, sort of: I’m uncomfortable with the “virtual environments” such as Second Life where people are encouraged to recreate themselves as improbably attractive avatars. In our culture we are surrounded by messages that we aren’t beautiful as we are–then we wonder about the rise of eating disorders.

  • 4. Christen  |  April 14, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I was thinking about moving to England to find a library job! I thought they might appreciate my pink hair and pole dancing skills!!! =)

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