This Is What A Librarian Looks Like

This Is What A Librarian Looks Like

A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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In 2014, author and photographer Kyle Cassidy published a photo essay on called "This is What A Librarian Looks Like," a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries are to our communities. His subjects are men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and personal style-from pink hair and leather jackets to button-downs and blazers. In short, not necessarily what one thinks a librarian looks like. The nearly 220 librarians photographed also share their personal thoughts on what it means to be a librarian. This is What A Librarian Looks Like also includes original essay by some of our most beloved writers, journalists, and commentators including Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Nancy Pearl, Cory Doctorow, Paula Poundstone, Amanda Palmer, Peter Sagal, Jeff VanderMeer, John Scalzi, Sara Farizan, Amy Dickinson, and others. Cassidy also profiles a handful of especially influential librarians and libraries
Publisher: New York :, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316393980
Characteristics: vi, 234 pages : colour illustrations


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Sep 05, 2017

I dunno. This is a cute book and I enjoyed the first half, or so. But I've been questioning what passes as curated, "valid" information in our society (as far as government-run schools and libraries are sharing it), and I question it so deeply that this parade of librarians talking about how valuable their work is started to sound like a lot of self-gratification. Why? Because in all the talk about the importance of curated, reviewed, relevant materials, not one person profiled discusses or even refers to the vast amounts of information that is pointedly NOT taught and NOT shared through public libraries. Not one person questions it. So...yeah. Cute book, but too shallow for me to enjoy as thoroughly as I would have liked to.

Jul 12, 2017

After a while I looked forward more to the essays and articles than the photos and quotes. Photographed persons seemed friendly. Quotes are good. Fun to try and figure out how (if at all) the photos on the pages go together/are similar (e.g., heads tilted, clothing pattern, etc.) One could also use the photos to find certain objects in them (e.g., words, animals, etc.) Bonus: look for the storm trooper shirt and earrings. I expected to find more than 2 Ohioans photographed out of the more than 200 people photographed for the book. One quote that stands out for me instructs us to tell the library story to the outside larger world or risk going the way of the dodo.

KateHillier Jun 28, 2017

I may be incredibly biased in the rating here but that's okay. There's one idea of what a librarian does and what they (usually 'she') looks like and seeing a wide variety of humans pictured along with their thoughts on the profession they love, or profession they're hoping to be in, is worth it alone. The added bonus of different celebrities giving their thoughts is nice but dwindles in comparison to stories of different libraries (from Presidential ones to libraries that lend out dolls) is the meat of it to me. You don't think of a library when you think of these things, perhaps you don't think of the library at all because you don't use it but libraries are vital and happening places that would be sorely missed if they were to vanish one day.

Jun 18, 2017

This book is astonishing and wonderful: the large set of
photographs of and words from librarians all over
the country reminded me of how many beautiful,
smart, and dedicated people we still have in this
beleaguered culture. These are the just
and virtuous people who hold up our world.

PimaLib_TeneciaP May 26, 2017

Picture what a librarian looks like. Now look at the faces in this book. Do any of them look like the picture you had in your mind?? This book introduces people to the many faces of librarianship and the many reasons why we have chosen to do the work that we do!

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