I hope the stereotype of a librarian as a frumpy woman with no friends and a fetish for quiet had a decent burial long ago.
Librarians are very creative people who enjoy having fun as much as anyone else.
A few years ago, I presented some videos of library book cart drill teams!
You might find similar shenanigans at a parade. Some librarian conferences have regular drill team competitions.
But what about singing, dancing, running, riding book carts, and even laughing aloud in the library itself? At the reference desk and circulation desk! Even in the stacks!! Librarians do all that and more in parody videos of popular songs.
All of this good fun has serious purposes. Librarians use videos to show people how to use the library or demonstrate the wide variety of library collections and services. Or for that matter, to get a library card and find out for themselves what a library has to offer.
Alas, the stereotype of the library as nothing more than a warehouse for books still seems to be alive and kicking. I am starting to collect newspaper articles written by reporters who somehow find it amazing that there is anything else at the library.
Here are a couple more recent videos, another parody and what appears to be an original composition. That one ends with an interruption that causes the dancing librarians to stop abruptly and act out yet another librarian stereotype. Enjoy!
Check It Out—Parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” for National Library Week. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Library Rhapsody—Shoalhaven (Australia) Library Staff
Photo credit: © Gwen’s River City Images