Here are two of the latest articles branding the profession as "cool."
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But Librarians are not cool. That doesn't mean that there aren't cool librarians. I went to library school with a few people I would call cool. But does that make them cool (that I could label them as cool)? After all, who am I that I could call someone cool and have it mean what most people define as cool?
As an fyi:
- I got a tattoo because a Richard Hell song told me to. Wow, I must be cool.
- I skipped a Jane's Addiction concert because the crowd looked too trendy. Too cool for Jane's Addiction, gosh, my coolness is off the charts!
If none of these things makes me cool, then I don't know what else to tell you.
But I've been places where, when answering what I do, someone will look around as if they're thinking, "oh, librarians hang out here; let's go someplace else." So sometimes, when asked, I won't say librarian; I'll answer "scientist." People aren't sure what to make of a scientist, but at least a scientist could be cool. Hell, maybe that's why the Library has disappeared from the degree and most schools only offer a "Master's of Science."
But ultimately, being a librarian isn't cool. I don't know how long it will be before it is, if ever.
So for now, I tell people I'm a scientist. An evil scientist.