This Is What A Librarian Looks Like

little over 5 years ago Erin and I launched This is What a Librarian Looks Like. Recently a book came out with the same name and a very similar format. Erin and I are no way involved with that book.

I’m acknowledging Erin because it was a joint venture but I want to be clear that I am not speaking for Erin in this post or any posts I’ve made on social media about this. We will be releasing a joint statement on the Tumblr soon.

To say I’m incredibly disappointed about this would be an understatement. This is What a Librarian Looks Like was a free, open project, and fun project. It was librarians doing what they loved – scuba diving, fire dancing, skydiving, reading books at story time. To see a for-profit, exclusive book appropriate the name is heartbreaking.

I hope the proceeds of the book will be donated to the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program. If you bought the book please consider making a donation to the Spectrum Scholarship Program, if you haven’t bought it but were thinking about it make a donation instead. Heck. Just make a donation. 🙂

Stats on the project:

I’ve blogged stats on the project many times over the years so here is another update!

We are still missing (I think) submissions from North Dakota and Idaho, but we have the rest of the U.S. cover plus over 40 countries!

We still take submissions! –  submit your picture today!

Some general guidelines:

  • Do not submit photos of others without their permission.
  • Be tasteful.
  • Images should include some aspect of your personality or your work.
  • Include some information about the type of library you work in, the type of work you do and where you live.
  • If you ‘d like to include some of the following, feel free.
    — your name (it won’t automatically include it from the form)
    — a link to your website, blog, or twitter account
    — additional commentary about yourself
    — your country, or more detailed location info

This is what a librarian looks like

One comment

  1. Thank you for clarifying. When I saw an article about the book, I naively thought it was related to your project. I am sorry to learn that the book makes use of the same name. It would seem the author could have worked with you on the book/project.

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