ERIC Number: ED367331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
The Image of Librarians in Poetry, 1958-1993.
Pultorak, Leslie A.
This paper examines the portrayal of librarians in poetry written from 1958 to 1993 in order to find out whether technological and social changes which occurred during this period had any effect on the image of librarians. Content analysis was used in examining the 32 poems and the 36 librarians present in those poems. Adjectives and descriptions of the librarians were analyzed and evaluated to see whether the images were positive or negative and whether any change in the portrayal of librarians has come about through the years. Some of the major findings of the research are: the librarians in the poems are equally likely to be male or female; they are hard-working and enthusiastic about their work; and physical description is not a part of these poems. As a result, the typical old-maid librarian with mousy hair done in a bun stereotype is not present in the poems used in this content analysis. The coding sheet used in the analysis is appended. (Contains 68 references.) (Author/JLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.L.S. Research Paper, Kent State University.