Thursday, September 20, 2012

How not to write about libraries


Writing at librarian.net, library technologist Jessamyn West offers suggestions about how journalists should not write about libraries.

The list is comprehensive and corrects misperceptions and stereotypes: “Your library joke is tired, even if it’s new to you;” “Quit it with the wardrobe policing,” “We’re not all women, not even close” and “[N]ot everyone who works in a library is a librarian” to name a few.

Being as I both work as a journalist and volunteer at a library, this list was doubly enjoyable. Of course, it also holds me doubly responsible to write about libraries accurately.

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