Monday, 7 September 2009

Suggested reading

In preparation of the Hollywood Librarian event next Monday we have compiled a related bibliography covering aspects of the library profession, professional stereotypes, cultural perceptions, media representations, and examples of films and texts that perpetuate this stereotype. This list is not exhaustive and we are welcoming all suggestions for additional academic texts/articles/films/literature/websites

Please use the comments for this post to let us know about anything we may have missed.

Please also continue to check the blog this week as we will be adding additional information about the event such as the itinerary and discussion points. See you next week!

Hollywood Librarian Bibliography


De Rosa, C. (2005) Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources. OCLC

Dyer, R. (1993) The Matter of Images: Essays on Representations. Routledge

Kneale, R. (2009) You Don’t Look Like a Librarian: Shattering Stereotypes and Creative Positive New Images in the Internet Age. Information Today

Roberto, K. (2003) Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out. McFarland

Slater, M. (1980) Career Patterns and Occupational Image. Aslib.

Tevis, R. (2005) The Image of Librarians in Cinema 1917-1999. McFarland.

Wilson, P. (1982) Stereotypes and Status: Librarians in the United States. Greenwood Press


Adams, K. (2000) ‘Loveless Frump as Hip and Sexy Party Girl: A Re-evaluation of the Old Maid Stereotype.’ In Library Quarterly. Vol 70, No 3

Balling, G; Skouvig, L. (2008) ‘Digital Reading Groups: Renewing the Librarian Image.’ In New Library World. Vol 109, Iss 1/2, pp.56-64

Bobrovitz, J. (2001) ‘If the (Sensible) Shoe Fits: The Image of the Librarian.’ In Wired West. July 17th

Foster, W.E. (1890) ‘Being a Librarian.’ In The Library Journal. October, pp.294-296

Hamilton, V. (2004) ‘The Image and Role of the Librarian’ in Library Review. October, Vol 53, Iss 8, pp.416-418

Luthmann, A. (2007) ‘Librarians, Professionalism and Image: Stereotype and Reality.’ In Library Review. Vol 56 Iss 9 pp.773-780

Parham, N. (1923) ‘As Others See Us.’ In Illinois Libraries. July pp. 44-51

Radford, M; Radford, G. (1997) ‘Power, Knowledge, and Fear: Feminism, Foucault, and the Stereotype of the Female Librarian.’ In Library Quarterly. July, pp.250-263

Sable, A. (1969) ‘The Sexuality of the Library Profession: The Male and Female Librarian.’ In Wilson Library Bulletin. April pp.748-751

Seale, M. (2008) ‘Old Maids, Policeman, and Social Rejects: Mass Media Representation and Public Perceptions of Librarians.’ In Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship. Vol 9 No 1

Walker, S. (1993) ‘The Librarian Stereotype and the Movies.’ In MC Journal: The Journal of Academic Media Librarianship. Vol 1, No 1, pp.16-18

Wiebe, T. (2004) ‘Issues Faced by Male Librarians: Stereotypes, Perceptions, and Career Ramifications.’ In Colorado Libraries. September, pp.11-13

21st Century Librarians

Cool Librarians

Internet Archive : Program Details for The Librarian

Librarian Action Figure (Archie McPhee)

Librarian Avengers

Librarians in Comics

Librarians in Fiction

Librarians in the Movies

Library Stuff

Library Underground


The Lipstick Librarian

New Breed Librarian

Stereotype Librarian

Warrior Librarian

You don't look like a librarian


Chainsaw Sally
Burril, Jimmyo (dir)
United States: Redfield Arts

Desk Set
Lang, Walter (dir)
United States: 20th Century Fox

Goodbye Columbus
Peerce, Larry (dir)
United States: Willow Tree

The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag
Moyle, Allan (dir)
United States: Touchstone Pictures

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
Winther, Peter (dir)
United States: Electric Entertainment

The Mummy
Sommers, Stephen (dir)
United States: Universal Pictures

The Music Man
DaCosta, Morton (dir)
United States: Warner Bros

The Pagemaster
Hunt, Maurice & Johnstone, Joe (dir)
United States: 20th Century Fox

Party Girl
Mayer, Daisy Von Scherler (dir)
United States: Party Productions

Storm Center
Taradash, Daniel
United States: Columbia Pictures

Strike up the Band
Berkeley, Busby (dir)
United States: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

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