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Kudos to the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic Unversity for their sweet Vine, showing off the rare book The Tunnel Calamity, by Edward Gorey.
What a rad way to show off the benefit and joy of a paper book while existing on the internet! High fives all around.

Tumblr’s Year in Review did not include any libraries or archives on its year end lists. We have seen some absolutely fabulous posts and gifs this year from the library and archival community, so we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite library and archives Tumblrs.

In no particular order:

Tumblarians! Share some of your favorite library and archives tumblrs. Who knows, maybe we can get our own category next year!

Note: This post reflects my personal opinion and is not meant as criticism for Tumblr (who we love very much).

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Behold! The Acid-free Archival Tree

This holiday tree will warm the hearts of librarians and archivists everywhere.  It is constructed of spare acid-free pamphlet boxes and decorated with garlands of old catalog cards and bookplates. The topper is a spool of cotton binding tape.  For color, we added a few thank you notes received from patrons over the years.

Our student assistants think this is the nerdiest thing they’ve ever seen.

What do you think, libraryjournal?

americanlibrariesmagazine.org
The Stereotype Stereotype | American Libraries Magazine
Why are we interested in, invested in, and driven to change librarian stereotypes, especially concerning fashion, sexuality, and subcultural membership?

Once upon a time, like nursing and secretarial work, librarianship was a sausage-fest. Over time, it became clear that a) women were equally (if not more) competent, equally (if not more) educated, and could be payed a much lower wage. 


And thus the march of librarian stereotypes began. This article is a great history of both the history of the stereotypes, and the evolution of the profession. Give it a read. It’s good for you. 


My thoughts: there are professions that have become highly stigmatized over the years due to the number of women in the field. Teaching, nursing and librarianship to name a few. Obviously they can’t be as valid as male jobs, because (feminist rant) anything a woman does is lesser, by virtue of a male doing it. This is why (white) women make 70 cents to every dollar made by a white male. The money made by women of color is even less. 


As for librarianship–you know this is true. You are not going to get rich being a librarian. You may be an academic librarian and considered faculty, but you will make less than other non-tenure faculty. You may be a public librarian, but will make less than someone else working for local government with the same level of education and experience. 


Another fun fact about librarianship: most librarians are women. Most library administrators are men. 


During the selection process (and even internal promotion process) males are seen as instantly more competent. This isn’t even conscious in most cases. It is a prejudice that runs so deep that administrators and boards don’t even know they’re doing it. Most of the people on that hiring board may even be female. 


Gaining respect for a female dominated field is hard. Other fields, like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) are very difficult for women to break into, and stay in. The level of exclusion and harassment (this is a MAN’s field, after all) is more than some women are willing to put up with at the high school and college level, much less in graduate or doctoral programs. 


Librarian stereotypes aren’t just about what we look like, or what we wear, or our sexuality. It’s about gender, race, glass ceilings, equal treatment, misogyny and fair pay. It’s depressing, complicated, and I could write a book on it.