CHICAGO — Librarians have long struggled to combat some of the negative stereotypes about their image and profession, but to do so effectively it’s necessary to look at these perceptions in a historical context.
“Not Your Ordinary Librarian: Debunking the Popular Perceptions of Librarians,” by Ashanti White, published by Chandos Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, explores the origin of the images of the librarian in popular media, also looking at the effects of these stereotypes, both negative and positive. White also addresses emerging archetypes that challenge the public’s traditional view of librarians. White’s book is valuable in helping librarians discredit common myths and misperceptions about their roles, as well as providing an entertaining survey. Among the examples of pop culture White examines are films such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Party Girl” and “The Music Man,” and TV shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Batman.”
White is currently an ACE (Academic and Cultural Enrichment) Scholar as well an accomplished author and literary critic. She was a recipient of a 2011 Diversity Research Grant from the ALA Office for Diversity. White is the author of two works of fiction and poetry, “Chasing Eden” and “Razor Blades Between My Teeth,” and contributed to the ALA Editions book “Library Management Tips that Work.” Her articles have appeared in Callaloo, Mandala Literary Journal and The Amistad among other publications.
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