Casanova Was a Librarian

A Light-Hearted Look at the Profession


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About the Book

What do Casanova, Pope Pius XI, Benjamin Franklin and first lady Laura Bush have in common? At one time, all were members of the librarian profession. While librarians are often stereotyped as quiet, shy ladies who wear their gray hair in a dignified bun, that doesn’t reflect the variety and diversity of today’s library professionals. As of 2004, 159,000 people in the United States held the job of librarian. Although only 18 percent of that number was male, the median age for librarians was a young 47—far from the gray-haired, bun-wearing ladies of our imaginations!
From pick-up lines to bumper stickers, this volume takes a light-hearted look at the many facets of the librarian occupation. Beginning with statistics, it enumerates gender divisions, personality types, salaries and educational requirements for various types of librarians including public, academic, school and special librarians. Other topics include specific occupational health risks, job-related recreation and novelty gifts for library professionals. Instances of librarians found in prose, poetry, film and musicals are also discussed.

About the Author(s)

Kathleen Low is a retired library programs consultant for the California State Library.

Bibliographic Details

Kathleen Low
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 184
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2981-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0942-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

¡. Famous Librarians      3

2. Facts About Librarians      15

3. Librarian Recreation, Fun, and Health      24

4. Librarian Jokes, Riddles, and Other Humor      37

5. Librarians in Politics, Porn, Movies, and Books      64

6. The Comical Librarian      82

7. Songs and Poems About and for Librarians      92

8. Just for Librarians      104

9. The Ideal Librarian      133

10. Everything Librarian      149

11. Interesting Bits About Libraries and Library History      165

Bibliography      171

Index      173