On being UN-hip
In an earlier blog I posted the link to an article about hip librarians. We talked about the article in class Monday night, and the professor, a retired library director, who always talks about her experience by prefacing it with "when I was the director, like 8 million years ago," mentioned how great the article is, even passing it around class for all to read. I reread the article, then raising my hand to say, "Seriously, this article makes librarians look anything but hip. Who says stuff like, 'That me just speaking Dewey,' (or whatever the girl said in the article)?" The professor responded by smiling and changing the subject.
At least I tried.
I have come to terms that I am in an uncool profession. I didn't decide on this profession thinking, "wow, librarians are always getting laid!" or anything like that. Anyway, I found this hilarious blog entry from the Effing Librarian, on the same article (I copied and pasted what he/she said below). My sentiments exactly.
Sunday July 8,2007
"Are Librarians Cool?
If you need to ask the question, then the answer is "No."Here are two of the latest articles branding the profession as "cool."A Hipper Crowd of Shushers (you'll need to log in) For New-Look Librarians, Head to Brooklyn But Librarians are not cool. That doesn't mean that there aren't cool librarians. I went to library school with a few people I would call cool. But does that make them cool (that I could label them as cool)? After all, who am I that I could call someone cool and have it mean what most people define as cool?
As an fyi:
I got a tattoo because a Richard Hell song told me to. Wow, I must be cool.
I skipped a Jane's Addiction concert because the crowd looked too trendy. Too cool for Jane's Addiction, gosh, my coolness is off the charts!
If none of these things makes me cool, then I don't know what else to tell you.But I've been places where, when answering what I do, someone will look around as if they're thinking, "oh, librarians hang out here; let's go someplace else." So sometimes, when asked, I won't say librarian; I'll answer "scientist." People aren't sure what to make of a scientist, but at least a scientist could be cool. Hell, maybe that's why the Library has disappeared from the degree and most schools only offer a "Master's of Science."
But ultimately, being a librarian isn't cool. I don't know how long it will be before it is, if ever.
So for now, I tell people I'm a scientist. An evil scientist."