Monday, September 24, 2012

Free Librarian Wardrobe webinar, Style and Stereotypes: Perceptions of Librarians

If you missed the Librarian Wardrobe webinar last week -- Style and Stereotypes: Perceptions of Librarians -- you can find the archived recording and audience chat transcript here:

Join Librarian Wardrobe on Thursday, September 27th at 11am Pacific / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern for a free webinar on Style and Stereotypes: Perceptions of Librarians, brought to you by Librarian Wardrobe, Library Boing Boing, and ALA TechSource.

In this webinar, we will examine how librarians are perceived in the field (from networking to hiring to presenting) and outside the field (user perceptions, style and effectiveness, stereotypes shifting from buns/shushing to tattoos/hipness). Do we have to look a certain way to be successful or for users to benefit from our expertise? What impact does style have personally and professionally? The panelists and attendees will be encouraged to share their own thoughts on these discussion points. (This was offered in person at ALA Annual 2012 as a Conversation Starter, and since we ran out of time, we would like to continue and expand on the conversation both for those who attended and those who were unable to make it.)

The Twitter hashtag for this session will be #lwconvo.

Miriam Rigby will be moderating this webinar and is the Anthropology, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Clark Honors College Librarian at the University of Oregon.

Panelists include: Jenny Benevento, Dale McNeill, and K.R. Roberto:
Jenny Benevento is a taxonomist currently working at Sears and Kmart, where she categorizes about 30 million items, including apparel, shoes, jewelry, beauty & the much beloved Kardashian Kollection.  She was raised by two fashionable Italian men & has worked in several corporations as a librarian. You can follow her blog at and @jennybento on twitter.
Dale McNeill was recently the Director of Public Library Service at Queens Library and is in the process of transitioning to a new position.  He’s had a decision-making role in hiring librarians for more than 12 of the nearly 30 years he’s worked in public libraries. He’s lived and worked in Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas.  He’ll be wearing a bow tie.
K.R. Roberto has started a PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after a career as a serials/electronic resources librarian. He co-edited Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out (2003) and She Was a Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West (2010), and edited Radical Cataloging: Essays at the Front (2008). His current research interests include LGBTQ taxonomies and intersectional approaches to library work. He is also an ex-punk who has a penchant for hair color.

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