>hard copy Deborah Lynne Wiley
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Recommended Reading on Librarian Images,
Library Mashups, Web Monitoring,
and Collection Development
T his month I look at library stereotypes, mashups, web monitoring, and elec-
tronic resource collection development.
ratings You Don’t Look Like a Librarian:
Shattering Stereotypes and Creating Positive
New Images in the Internet Age
by Ruth Kneale
Pages: 198 pp.; softcover
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I was reading this book as the SLA (Special Libraries Association) name-
change debate was raging (the proposed new name for the association was
no logo Association of Strategic Knowledge Professionals), prompting me to think long
and hard about what a librarian is and isn’t—and what people think a librarian is
and isn’t. I have to admit that I am one of those who believe we should keep the
featured books time-honored name and simply work harder to change people’s perceptions.
And based on the stories and anecdotes in this
You Don’t Look Like a Librarian:
Shattering Stereotypes and book, we have plenty to do and impressive non-
Creating Positive New Images stereotypical examples to help us do it.
in the Internet Age This brief book documents the perceptions and
representations of librarians in popular media
Library Mashups: Exploring New since 1990. The author, who is systems librarian
Ways to Deliver Library Data for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope,
Tucson, Ariz., has been collecting items on her
Complete Web Monitoring You Don’t Look Like a Librarian website
(www.librarian-image.net) since 2002; she has
The Kovacs Guide to Electronic
also conducted surveys with more than 1,000