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Title:Pervasive Myth or Pop Culture Relic? College Students' Experience of the Librarian Stereotype
Author(s):Kalsi, Anmol
Subject(s):librarian stereotypes
librarian image
discourse of fear
librarian myth
discourse analysis
Abstract:This study explores the wider institutional discourse from which stereotypes of librarians emerge. The findings shed light on the discursive practices (e.g. the methods, the rituals, and the interactions) that take place between students and library staff, and how these inform the student's perspective and experience of the librarian stereotype. This study utilizes the theoretical framework presented by Radford and Radford's study entitled "Libraries, Librarians, and the Discourse of Fear" published in 2001 which argued that it is within this discourse that negative stereotypes of the librarian emerge. The students strongly expressed a fear of the library environment and atmosphere, and being intimidated by a librarian's knowledge but collectively the students did not report being scared of librarians. Rather, they viewed librarians as meek and feeble - which, despite being a negative stereotype, is not the dominant one that persists in popular culture.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Citation Info:Kalsi, A. (2014). Pervasive Myth or Pop Culture Relic? College Students' Experience of the Librarian Stereotype. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 598 - 604). doi:10.9776/14256
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28

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