Usually when I do a search in the morning for news on libraries and librarians, I find the usual "Blah Library is Having a Bake Sale" and "Librarian Fired for Eating Child's Hotdog" etc, etc. Today, it seems all Google News wants to let me in on is the scoop about a "crazy" librarian played by Megan Mullally on "Parks and Recreation." I am not here to discuss the show. I have seen a few episodes and found them delightful and worthy of the banner NBC has built for itself. I just have nothing else to write about today except an alien book thing, but it is on Fox News so who gives a shit. Seriously, it could be the lost sea scroll that tells Jesus was an alien, the same immortal alien that built the pyramids and I would be all, pshhh Fox News. So I why don't we talk about this TV show.
Honestly, I am not even here to discuss whether or not 'P&R' hates librarians. I know they are attempting to make a comedy show about city government and part of that is mocking or characterizing every department therein. I do not blame them. What I do blame them for is pushing the stereotype of librarians as drunken sex-crazed deviants who want to do nothing but steal children's hot dogs. That happened once and
I the librarian involved only had a small mention in a local paper. Why can't we be known as the quiet, conservative people we are, locked away in our shells of oppression? I miss the days when I could see my co-worker Brenda in Reference wearing a stylish bun and cardigan, not the mini-skirts, thigh-high boots and a low-cut tops that society expects, nay demands, librarians to wear.
Shame on you "P&R." We are librarians and we demand respect.