Librarian Stereotypes in Young Adult Literature

October 2005
Young Adult Library Services;Fall2005, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p24
Academic Journal
The article examines whether the portrayal of librarians in young adult literature supports or rejects negative librarian stereotyping and if the more recent fiction for young adults reflects the growing diversity of the profession. Stereotyping causes loss of individuality that is sacrificed to the stereotyped image. In this study, it is claimed that the concept of the librarian involves a distinct and well-defined stereotype, which results in loss of individuality. The librarian stereotype at times borders on caricature. Cultural stereotypes such as spinster for female librarians and egghead for male librarians became ingrained in the 1950s in movies and popular culture. The literature review relates to librarian portrayals in culture, film, and fiction, with attention paid to the elements of stereotypical portrayal and how librarians are perceived. In "The Librarian Stereotype and the Movies," the authors discuss how the public views librarians based on Hollywood's treatment. They found that a librarian's appearance in films is rare, due to the non-cinematic nature of a librarian's work.


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