Image of Libraries in Popular Culture

October 7, 2001


The website will include the following items: title, mission statement, and links to minutes, bibliography, about us, asides, and the main topics. At least temporarily, we will use the main topic as our title. Everyone will think about other possible titles during the week. The bibliography will be arranged by media type, although items of particular interest will also be included with the sub-topics.

Tentatively, we will be seeing Metropolis as our first movie. Dana has this on DVD, and Adriane volunteered her home. We will attempt to set a time that we can watch as a group with discussion at the same time.

Each of us will be selecting one sub-topic by Wednesday. That group member will then be doing research specifically on that sub-topic. Members are encouraged to forward items of interest to other members directly to them. Each member will either bring two items for discussion to class on Wednesdays or e-mail them two days before each meeting. "Item" is deliberately vague and includes whatever is deemed important to discussion of the topics. We will discuss all the topics at each meetings, and the member who selected the topic will do the write-up for the website. This arrangement is subject to revision as deemed necessary.

Cheryl and DarLynn will be meeting at noon on Wednesday to work on the website.

Minutes 9:30 am - 12:00 noon:

The discussion for the day centered around the articles "Loveless Frump as Hip and Sexy Party Girl" and "The Image of Librarians: Substance or Shadow," as well as the play "Defiled." We explored the idea that public perceptions of librarians effects who enters the field, which in turn perpetuates those perceptions. People who score poorly on communication segments of job inventories are often directed to the library, due to the belief that social skills are unnecessary for library work. There is also very little public distinction between different types of libraries. Library users are often surprised that public libraries do not carry scholarly journals, or that academic libraries do not have extensive selections of bestsellers.