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While the sitcom will definitely have a following (of
librarians---many of which will be public librarians), I wasn't
impressed with the show. In fact, I felt it portrayed an extremely
negative image of librarians.  The main character (head librarian),
while having issues and "baggage" that seemed to interfere with her
relationships with others, exhibited a personality that was very
intolerant of other cultures, those of other abilities, and even
backgrounds.  While I'm sure that there are images of these people are
out there working in libraries (and we know them), I think that this
creates another stereotype for the public that we'll have to overcome
once the "comfortable shoes and hair buns" are forgotten.

Within 15 minutes of the program, I was ready to admit that "my
profession is boring, egotistical, and intolerant of those who are
different"....and I know that this is not the case.  What I saw was a
disfunctional group of people placed in service positions to a
community;  instead of building unity and showing an understanding for
anyone who comes through the door, through their behaviors they
created an atmosphere of disharmony and negativity (perhaps the reason
for the "book drop being clogged.")

My professional review of the show is a "thumbs down" won't
survive.  (No hate mail....I just can't see anyone wanting to watch
this group of "problems" each week unless it provides comfort and a
sort of "bibliotherapy" for those who are trapped in a similar
situation where they work....and if that's the case, it should be a
wake-up call to find another job!)


Shonda Brisco, MLIS
District Librarian
Peaster ISD
Weatherford, TX 76086

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Resources for Texas School Librarians:

"Digital Resources" columnist
School Library Journal

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