WHAT ARE THE ISSUES AFFECTING THE IMAGE OF
What are some common stereotypes
Does the public and private image of librarians
affect their professional status (and vice versa)?
How will changing
technology impact the image of the profession?
The Stereotypes page provides summaries of some of the
literature about image over the past 20 years, as well as descriptive
summaries of web pages on media images. Stereotypes range from the
glasses and a bun" to the shy male librarian. What efforts have been made
to change these images? Is there any truth to the stereotypes? How is
gender connected with the stereotypes problem? How does media contribute
to the problem? We will "review" some movies that
include librarians as characters. The page includes scanned cartoons
and ads from American Library's "Image Column" and other sources.
What are common images of the librarian?
Summaries of literature & web pages
Tim & Stacie go to the Movies!
How do these images affect professional self-image?
Do they represent who we are today?
The Professional Status page discusses research that looks at
how salary, gender and professional status affects self-esteem and image.
Changes - such as giving academic librarians professional status,
the trend towards contract labor, and other issues - presently taking
place in the
profession are discussed, along with their implications for status and
Desire to be recognized as professionals
Changes in the model of library service
Lack of information about what librarians do
Faculty status for academic librarians and other issues
The Changing Technology page discusses the current debate
over whether online database searching will render librarians obsolete or
essential. Some fear that users will not look to professionals when
most people gain computer skills. On the other hand, many librarians believe that
our skill in electronic retrieval will improve our status as we
become cyberguides to the Information Highway. Some issues to be
considered: Are we "librarians" or "information specialists"? Will more
men enter the field with increasing dependence on technology? Do we
expect our image to change as our professional functions shift?
Are we Librarians or Information Specialists?
How will technology affect our status?
Is technology good or bad for job security?
Will book lovers become obsolete?
the webpage and explore these issues with us!