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Marian as intersectional problem: Librarian stereotypes and stunted diversity

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Guest lecture for Dr. Cooke's LIS590DU diversity course. Librarian stereotypes and their negative impact on diversity with in the profession.

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Marian as intersectional problem: Librarian stereotypes and stunted diversity

  1. 1. Marian as intersectional problem: Librarian stereotypes & stunted diversity Nicole Pagowsky, MLIS, MS LIS590DU Guest Lecture October 28, 2014
  2. 2. librarianwardrobe.com About Me Faculty Librarian, Research & Learning Department University of Arizona Libraries student retention, general education, online learning, & subject liaison @pumpedlibrarian Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  3. 3. The Book Published June 2014, ACRL Press librarianwardrobe.com/book Foreword & Chapter 1 as free OA PDF Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  4. 4. Perspectives LIBRARIAN STEREOTYPES Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  5. 5. Q: What are some common librarian stereotypes? Shout them out in the chat box Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  6. 6. Q: What’s missing via in diamondencrusteddreams.these blogspot.images? com via bookriot.com via tobeshelved.com
  7. 7. Stereotype Exhaustion Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  8. 8. A couple of minutes after the dawn of librarianship two librarians started worrying about what other people thought of them. They were suffering from what might be called “reverse narcissism.” They did not so much want to dive into the pond as flee from the ugly sight it reflected (Fisher, 1993). As cited in Pagowsky & DeFrain, 2014 Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  9. 9. Privilege via http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/11/social_justice _comedy.html Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  10. 10. That our stereotypes contribute to PROBLEMS Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  11. 11. External Perceptions • Students / patrons • Campus / community • Faculty / teachers • News & media • Funding via matchstic.com Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  12. 12. Internal Perceptions & Presentations • Other librarian & staff opinions, microaggressions • Status & pay • Hiring, recruitment • Imposter syndrome • Research and publishing via matchstic.com Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  13. 13. The Unbearable Whiteness of Librarianship via Chris Bourg @ chrisbourg.wordpress.com March 3, 2014 “For a profession that claims diversity as a core value and declares that ‘We value our nation’s diversity and strive to reflect that diversity by providing a full spectrum of resources and services to the communities we serve’ to be so lacking in diversity is embarrassing.” Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  14. 14. More depressing numbers…  via Chris Bourg @ chrisbourg.wordpress.com February 22, 2014 *See blog for links to original sources  via Andromeda Yelton @ andromedayelton.com September 17, 2014 *Looking specifically at keynotes “Librarianship in general is 80% female, while only 58% of directors of ARL libraries are female.” “At national-scale US/Canadian library conferences: 43% of speakers are female 74% of speakers are white, 14% black, 7% Asian, 4% [Latin@]”
  15. 15. Re-directing the conversation WHY THE BOOK? Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  16. 16. Image via wjmc.blogspot.com Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  17. 17. “…The perceptions of the librarian matter as much as the image of the institution when people decide to vote…” -EveryLibrary September 14, 2014 everylibrary.tumblr.com Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  18. 18. Diversity Identity Hiring Micro-aggressions Presentation The stories we tell Tattoos Intersection-ality Stereotype Impact Pink collar work LGBTQ Archives Stereotype obsession Perceptions Student interaction “Sexy” - Porn & censorship “Cat ladies” Overview of Chapters Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
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  20. 20. References Bourg, C. (March 3, 2014). The unbearable whiteness of librarianship [blog]. Retrieved from http://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/the-unbearable-whiteness-of-librarianship/. Bourg, C. (February 22, 2014). Lack of diversity by the numbers in librarianship and in book stuff [blog]. Retrieved from http://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/lack-of-diversity-by-the-numbers-in-librarianship- and-in-book-stuff/. Fisher, D. (1993). Book Reviews: Bruijns, R.A.C. Status and image of the librarian: Report of a sample survey carried out in twelve countries. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 25(3). 155- 156. (Cited in) Pagowsky, N. & DeFrain, E. (2014). Ice ice baby: Are librarian stereotypes freezing us out of instruction. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2014/ice-ice-baby-2/ Pagowsky, N. (July 6, 2014). Hiring and retaining diverse talent by supporting risk [blog]. Retrieved from http://pumpedlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/07/hiring-retaining-diversity.html. Yelton, A. (September 17, 2014). Counting keynoter diversity in libraryland [blog]. Retrieved from http://andromedayelton.com/blog/2014/09/17/counting-keynoter-diversity-in-libraryland/. Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture
  21. 21. Questions? Thanks! You can get in touch at: nfp@email.arizona.edu | nicolepagowsky.info | @pumpedlibrarian Nicole Pagowsky LIS590DU Guest Lecture

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