“Theory versus Practice!” they always argue. And which is it — is librarianship something to study, or something to do? As a scholar, I spent a few years immersed in the ideas of beautiful thinkers. I also learned lots of fancy terms like “engaged pedagogy,” “transliteracy” and “third-wave feminism.”
When I decided to become a public librarian, I wondered how these ideas would translate to my day-to-day work with peers and patrons — what do they really mean in terms of overdue dates, computer classes, and the Dewey Decimal System? Librarian in a Banana Suit is a place where theory and practice intersect, allowing me to explore some of my favorite ideas — like “transliteracy” and “third-wave feminism” — in context. I’m here to share narratives, discuss emerging issues, and invite other writers and bloggers to contribute their stories and perspectives on libraries, too.
And I like to have a little fun here, too, because — let’s face it — libraries and librarians are really weird! (Witness: Exhibit A.) If you’re a fan of libraries or librarianship, come on in and make yourself at home, and please feel free to join in the conversation at any time. I hope you find something you like here ~ thanks for stopping by!
.(Views expressed on this site are personal and do not represent the views of Johnson County Library or its affiliates. Illustrative stories are true, but rest assured — names & details have been altered to protect patron confidentiality.)