THE LIBRARIAN STEREOTYPE AND THE MOVIES



by Stephen Walker and V. Lonnie Lawson
MC Journal: The Journal of Academic Media Librarianship, v1 no.1, Spring 1993:16-28.

INTRODUCTION

Hollywood movies influence the public's thinking about the image of librarians, but how much is hard to say. However, by looking at Hollywood's treatment of librarians we discover indications of how the public is viewing us. To the general public the word "librarian" is a readily recognizable label. The label need not include those aspects of librarianship that librarians want to claim. Several years ago on the "Family Feud" game show a group of 100 people were surveyed and asked what they believed to be typical "librarian" characteristics.The top 5 characteristics disclosed showed that librarians were: