To Be or Not to Be–A Sexy Attorney (or Librarian)
While the topic of appropriate librarian apparel (for conferences, working with the public, working away from the public eye, etc.) has been discussed ad nauseam throughout the years (see below), at least generally we aren’t being given an exhaustive list of how not to dress too sexily for the job, a lecture that attorneys were recently treated to at the Chicago Bar Association.
I’d like to think that as members of a profession that’s made its mission protecting free speech and freedom of expression, we’re a little more open about such things (see: tattooed librarians, etc.) than other professions (my library director has a “if you’re fully clothed, you’re fine” dress code). But still.
- eBay Sellers’ Opinions About “Librarian” Clothes: Frumpy or Bumpy? A research study into public attitudes regarding librarian apparel; the conclusion?: “Two contrasting fashion statements emerged: a conservative, bookish look and a sexy, seductive look.” Surprise, surprise.
- Die Hipster Librarian Trash? An LJ blog post that discusses the PubLib wardrobe controversy and the need to prove that librarians are in fact “cool” and that the profession is worth joining. I won’t go into the job prospects for recent library school grads, but she makes some good points.
- You Don’t Look Like a Librarian! A collection of vignettes regarding the public’s perceptions of librarian style.
- Just for kicks: Librarian Nancy discusses appropriate work attire with new staff member and librarian paper doll.
- And, finally, this is too awesome not to include.