Sexual harassment is an issue with any profession, and librarianship is no different. All of us – women, men, transgender, everyone – deserve to feel safe and secure in our places of work. These playful little comments alluding to our sexuality or what we do behind closed doors or what we wear when we’re not in the library? They can turn out to be not so playful. At the very least, they are awkward and uncomfortable. At their worst, they are dangerous. It’s harmless until it isn’t, and the line is just too easy to cross.
Enough With the “Sexy Librarian” Thing, Already | BOOK RIOT (via bookriot)
I have lost count of the number of times someone has responded “oh, are you a sexy librarian?” when I tell them I work at a library. It is never flattering.
When people can’t apply for jobs or access government services because they don’t have access from home, public libraries must be there for them,” said Linda Lord, a librarian in Maine. “Where else are they going to go? Police station? Town hall? I don’t think so.
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I helped a sweet immigrant couple last week apply for unemployment benefits online because when they went to the Unemployment Center, the staff there didn’t know how to help them.
Libraries are always a place people can go to get help.