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ERIC Number: ED435392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 41
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Shelving, Stamping and Shushing: Librarians in the Movies.
Yeagley, Beth
For many years, librarians have been bothered by negative portrayals of librarians in the media. Unattractive, non-professional old maids have been the dominant images of librarians in the movies. In 1989, the American Library Association issued a campaign designed to promote a more accurate, positive image of the librarian in an attempt to change the existing negative stereotype. This study sought to determine whether librarians in the movies are now positive images. Thirty examples of library images in movies released from 1989 through 1999 were reviewed, and certain physical and professional characteristics were analyzed. Results show that librarians on the whole are portrayed mostly positively in recent movies. Both physical and professional characteristics are portrayed mostly positively, but filmmakers do need to keep widening the gap between librarians with positive physical characteristics and librarians with negative physical characteristics. Public librarians are portrayed the most and have positive images a vast majority of the time. Negative characteristics that are definitely gone are wearing hair in a bun and shushing patrons. Librarians in major roles are portrayed even more positively than other movie librarians, especially regarding physical characteristics. A copy of the data collection sheet and list of movies reviewed are appended. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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