I was reading my librarian tweets last week and saw one about a blog called This Is What A Librarian Looks Like: Challenging the Librarian Stereotype One Post at a Time. I scrolled through as many pictures as my attention span allows for (tl;dr), and noticed that all the librarians in the pictures were white. I said as much on Twitter, and one of the editors suggested that I look again. I did–and there was indeed one black person on my second scroll through. Again today, the librarian Twitterverse reminded me that lookslikelibraryscience.com is pretty white bread. I love librarians breaking the mold (as bad ass derby girls, for example), but the pictures in the blog seem to be highlighting something different: does librarianship fall under “stuff white people like?”
Look, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m the whitest kid you know. But, working at the largest law library in the world, having the privilege of working with some of the top law librarians in the game: only one is black. I think about walking around the exhibit hall at AALL–pretty pasty, but getting better with effort. My library school class, in my chocolate city? Mighty vanilla. I know some fab librarians of color in person and on the interwebz (and not even in that “some of my best friends are black” way, honest), but surely they’re not the only ones?