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Ellen talks about Librarians

Apr - 19 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

I know I’m a bit behind on this, but the Ellen blog has a post about librarians from last month.

Librarians are the opposite of cheerleaders. At the library, if you make any noise, they deal with you immediately. First you get the silent, “How dare you?” look. If that doesn’t work, they give you the universal zip the lip signal. And if that doesn’t work, they do the lock up the lips and throw away the key move. I always trick them. I pretend to throw away the key, but keep it in my hand and slip it in my pocket. I’m sure I’m gonna get some phone calls from angry librarians. Of course, I won’t be able to hear what they are saying.

The 99 (probably more by now) comments that followed vary from the angry to the entertained. I’m on the entertained side of things, but see why some might be upset.

That said, it does make you wonder when the last time Ellen was in a library … is this really a joke post or the way she still sees libraries? I’m going to think it’s a joke.

I also wonder if the mere mention of libraries on a popular site like this is good for library marketing – or if the content is actually damaging?

I’m just sort of babbling now, but it would be interested to hear what some of you think when you read it.

One Response so far.

  1. Petter Næss says:

    Here’s a joke that says something about stereotypes and expectations regarding libaries: a young man enters a public library, walks straight up to the desk, and says to the hair-in-a-bun librarian “I’ll have a double cheeserburger with fries and a coke.” The indignant librarian recoils and snaps “Young man! This is a library!”whereupon the young man repeats, but in a hushed whisper now, “Oh sorry I forgot…I’ll have a double cheeseburger with fries and a coke.”

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