As I was waiting for my turn on “Word With Friends” on Facebook the other night I came across a couple of those “What Superhero are you?” posts. I resisted clicking on the links to find out until I saw that my daughter had done it. So, I gave in – reasoning that it might give us something fun to bond over. I was hoping for Batgirl whose alter ego works as a librarian by day. But without explanation, I was Catwoman, and a comic book representation was posted on my Timeline (formerly known as my Wall). This inspired friends to make comments like, “Wasn't Catwoman a villainess?” to which I replied that, like Catwoman, I too am “difficult to define.”
Very recently a friend of mine told me that they wanted to recommend someone to work in the library because they were socially awkward and needed a job that didn't involve much stress. They meant no offense but they didn't realize what stereotype paranoia they were feeding into! After I let out a laugh, I let my friend know that the library really needs people who are service minded people persons to work here.
I think, as a profession, librarians prefer being “difficult to define” to being stereotyped. Doesn't everybody?