29 March, 2017

This is what a librarian looks like : a celebration of libraries, communities, and access to information for all by Kyle Cassidy

So what does a librarian look like?

This book is the result of a project that involved taking photographs of
American librarians and recording their impressions and views about libraries and their importance in today’s communities. The photos are interspersed with chapters about some notable American libraries and essays by authors, including Neil Gaiman, Jude Devereaux and Cory Doctorow.

It illustrates how libraries are being used now along with visions of the future, and really highlights why we need good libraries and dedicated library staff. There is huge diversity in the people featured in this book but they all have the common values of tolerance, acceptance, and concern for their communities.

I liked the way the text is broken up by groupings of photographs which I found made it easy to read and kept it interesting. The portraits are of a high quality and manage to show the individuality of the subjects. The way the photographs are laid out is also pleasing to the eye, with its mixture of small and full–page portraits.

Although this is about American libraries, the issues and concerns are the same worldwide. Our policy-makers could learn a lot from this, as libraries seek to affirm their value in our societies.

And to answer the question - there’s no such thing as a typical librarian!



Title: This is what a librarian looks like : a celebration of libraries, communities, and access to information for all.
Author: Kyle Cassidy

Recommended by Kathy N, Collections Development

Kathy N can’t sleep unless she has read a bit before turning the light off. As well as most fiction, she enjoys craft and lifestyle books to get project ideas for her rural home.

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