When I saw the tag line on this post, “Librarian is now LIVE on the iTunes App Store,” I thought, “Oh this will be interesting, another way to search for stuff from a phone or other personal device.” Not a new concept, but always interesting.
The entire app just shushes those around you if they are being loud. It is sad when this tired image of the shusher (re)defines our profession to the public. Even more ironic: one of the fans of the app calls themselves a librarian:
Please, please, please—-program this for the ITOUCH too. I love this idea and would love to use it in my library!!
I have written about the need for group work space in libraries but also how this trend has made some users even more annoyed with “loud” libraries.
Afraid this just reinforces the 20th century librarian stereotype.
Am I wrong in believing that librarians have evolved past this?