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Show & Tell: Shushing the Librarian Stereotype
March 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm| Free
What does a librarian look like? The librarian stereotype has been popularized in film, television and books, but what are these stereotypes and how did they originate? The way librarians are portrayed is often tied to librarianship being a woman-dominated field with historical expectations for simultaneously serving as stern authority figures but also as caregivers. Nicole Pagowsky and Cindy Elliott, faculty librarians at the University of Arizona Main Library, will discuss these stereotypes, their implications and how they diverge from the actual work of the profession.
Nicole Pagowsky is a Research & Learning Librarian at the University of Arizona where she focuses on instruction, student retention, general education, and is a subject liaison for the College of Education. Nicole examines effects of librarian stereotypes on identity and expectations of the profession. She is the co-editor of “The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work” and co-authored “Ice Ice Baby: Are Librarian Stereotypes Freezing Us out of Instruction?”
Cindy Elliott is a Research & Learning Librarian at the University of Arizona where she is the liaison to faculty and students in the Engineering and Marketing disciplines. She works with the Tech Launch Business Intelligence Unit, and has experience in industry and biomedical research as well as marketing research and communications.
Show & Tell is presented by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, whose mission is to create boundless possibilities for excellence through innovation, collaboration and community engagement at the University of Arizona and beyond. More details are available at Confluencenter.arizona.edu.