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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Enough With the Sexy Librarian Thing, Already"

In case you missed it, I wrote a thing over at Book Riot last week about why I'm tired of the ol' "sexy librarian" trope: "Enough With The Sexy Librarian Thing, Already." It was sparked by the Humans of New York blog asking a library student "What's the sexiest part about being a librarian?" - and I'll admit that it's a bit of a rant. BUT the issue is very important to me because I think that the objectification of librarians is not only sexist and harass-y, but yet another way to deprofessionalize us (and we certainly don't need any more of that, do we?) See below for a couple of excerpts.

"Sexual harassment is an issue with any profession, and librarianship is no different. All of us – women, men, transgender, everyone – deserve to feel safe and secure in our places of work. These playful little comments alluding to our sexuality or what we do behind closed doors or what we wear when we’re not in the library? They can turn out to be not so playful. At the very least, they are awkward and uncomfortable. At their worst, they are dangerous. It’s harmless until it isn’t (again, see Dear Book Nerd for examples of when “flirting” goes too far), and the line is just too easy to cross..."

"...I realize that I might just be shouting into the wind. And maybe I do need to stop being oversensitive. But I’ve found that nothing ever changes by NOT saying something, so I am going to continue to do so even at the risk of getting some of those fun nasty internet comments. My simple plea is this: let’s all try to shift the conversation. Let’s let a sense of respect overcome the urge to be cutesy (or insulting) about someone’s profession and passion, no matter WHAT it is. It’s true, librarians love to be asked questions. That’s our job. My hope, however, is that people will start asking us better ones."

Read the full post here and let me know what you think! Are you a librarian who has been affected by this? Am I taking it too seriously? Comment below if you have something to say! 

Monday, April 28, 2014


Found this in the library. I'm not sure what it means exactly, but I'm very happy for Ethan.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Basket Case

Got to work this morning and a pretty basket full of Star Trek DVDs and other interesting things (now wet with dew - at least, I hope that's dew) was waiting by the front door. Thanks for the donation, random Brooklynite.

And please, never do this again.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kids Say the Darndest...Well, You Know (Part 5!)

It's been quite a while (months? years? who even knows anymore) since I did a roundup of the amusing and insightful things kids have said to me in the library. Subsequently, I'm sure I've missed eight billion of them, but here are seven (because top-10 lists are played out) funny kid interactions I've had recently, presented in tweet form (because I'm lazy):










And for the sake of nostalgia (and because kids really are funny), here are the other "Kids Say the Darndest"-type posts from the last few years of this blog (years? Have I really been blogging that long? WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH MY LIFE?) for your enjoyment:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Don't ever change, kiddos!

Monday, April 7, 2014

I've said it before and I'll say it again: you never know WHAT you'll be faced with at the library.

(Insert a "bear butt" joke here. On second thought, DON'T.)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dear Book Nerd Round-Up!

Hey, guys! It's been a while since I last posted about the Dear Book Nerd podcast, so in case you need to catch up, here are the last three episodes. They are (if I do say so myself) all fun to listen to, thanks to my wonderful guest co-hosts and to the people who have submitted really interesting questions!


I'm just going to go ahead and plagiarize myself for the descriptions here:

Episode #4: To Read the Classics, Or Not To Read the Classics?

Welcome back to the Dear Book Nerd podcast! Jeff O’Neal joins me once again as special guest-host for Episode #4, in which we talk about CLASSIC LITERATURE and the strong feelings that reading it (or not reading it, as the case may be) can bring about. Enjoy!

Episode #5: The Thing About Ebooks…

Welcome to Episode #5 of the Dear Book Nerd podcast! My guest co-host this week is the hilarious Dan Wilbur. Dan is a comedian, creator of Better Book Titles, and host of the Two-Book Minimum Podcast, a show in which authors and comedians chat about literature. (Be sure to check it out!) Dan and I tackle two listener-submitted questions about the often hotly-debated topic of ebooks. We discuss whether or not ebooks are considered “real” books, why this is even a debate in the first place (and why it probably shouldn’t be), how ebooks will doom the future of reading (just kidding), things to think about when choosing an ereader, and much more.

Episode #6: The Risky Business of Lending Books

Have you ever lent out a book to a friend (or a family member, or an ex) and they never gave it back? And you don’t know how to get it back? And you reeeeaally want to get it back? Then this episode of the Dear Book nerd podcast is for you! The wonderful and wise Ryan Chapman and I discuss the pitfalls of lending out your books, what it means to be a responsible book borrower, strategies on how to get your precious items back, and much more. (Plus, I make some shocking confessions of my own.) Don’t miss it!


Remember, if you need any bookish advice, please email me at DearBookNerd@bookriot.com or use the webform at the bottom of any DBN-related post. I love hearing from you.

Aaaaaand if you enjoy the podcast, please take a minute or two to rate it on iTunes! It helps other people find the show and it's fun for me to see what's working with the podcast. Thanks for listening!