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I see it in the same way. It reminds me so much of the British version of
"The Office". The "bad" characters are so over the top in their racism,
narcissism etc. that they become caricatures of the "bad boss" or "bad
coworker" reflecting every stereotype out there. 

Similar characters in the American version of The Office have become cult
favorites because they are so over the top annoying - like Dwight. 

I thought it was quite humorous and enjoyed seeing some of these bad work
behaviors played out in the library. 

Tere Hager
Secondary Librarian
Brentwood Christian School
11908 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Tx 78753
512-835-5983 X 27
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Subject: The Librarians

      I really got a kick out of the show - I certainly wasn't offended as a
librarian because I see the show as a workplace sitcom,  which happens to be
set in a library.   I don't think the show is trying to make any judgments
on libraries or librarians, per se.  But there is a lot of dark humor -the
main character, who happens to be a librarian, certainly does bring a lot of
baggage to the table as is reflected in her attitude towards her patrons.
That is the irony.  She takes her job very seriously and perceives herself
as a professional.  Just as we were shocked at her attitude towards her
patrons and staff, so too will other non-librarians ( I hope).  The
perception of a librarian is exactly the opposite of Frances. We as
librarians tend to go out of our way NOT to judge individuals, yet this one,
does quite the opposite.  She thinks it is ok, since she always delivers her
blows/ insults with a kind smile and lightness/sing-song in her voice.  
   I was actually waiting for someone to tell the sexy new children's
librarian to turn off her cell phone while she is in the library!
  It was a fun way to start off the day.
Esther Schnaidman
Librarian/media specialist
Yeshiva of North Jersey
River Edge, NJ

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