From Spinsters to Cyberpunks: The Changing Face of Female Librarians
Women have been a part of library history since the profession’s first major expansion in the late 1800s. For years, the image of a part Victorian schoolmarm, part Industrial Age spinster has stuck, causing a level of professional concern that threatens to hamper women’s progress in librarianship as they seek to prove themselves greater than a two-dimensional image. Mass media has molded the caricature into a cultural icon, further cementing the figure in society and causing further anxiety within the profession. As society continues to advance into the Internet age, the female librarian is due for a makeover that is more in line with the tech-savvy force to be reckoned with that she has become.
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