15 April 2013

Glass ceiling holding men down in the Library Service?

| johnboy
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Mayor Rattenbury is encouraging us to vote for our favourite local librarians in the Australia’s favourite librarian competition competition.

Let’s take a look at the entries shall we?

    1. Sue Box –Libraries ACT. Nominated for her service to patrons. Sue is adept at finding out what a patron really wants and will hunt it down until she finds it.

    2. Antoinette Buchanan – ACT Heritage Library. Nominated for supporting groups and individuals in accessing and curating collections which tell the stories of ordinary people in the national capital.

    3. Jenny Cantlon – Daramalan College Library. Nominated for always having a smile on her face, willingness to lend a hand, and the fact she makes studying each day much more fun.

    4. Jessica Drake – National Library of Australia. Nominated for her dedication to the library profession.

    5. Pamela Gaukroger – Harrison School. Nominated for being a passionate and endearing librarian. Pamela led the way in setting up two brand new libraries.

    6. Jo Groom– National Library of Australia. Nominated for her ability to find that extra piece of information or answer for professionals on deadlines.

    7. Cathy Hall – Weetangera Primary School. Nominated for the library environment she has created and her inspirational reading programs.

    8. Susan Lavery – The Alexander Maconochie Centre. Nominated for her love of reading and dedication to the development of literacy and numeracy for detainees.

    9. Carmel Leahy – Department of Justice and Community Safety Library. Nominated for being a helpful, cheerful, energetic and community minded librarian.

    10. Annie Macarthur – St Clare of Assisi Primary School. Nominated for her wonderful library and her excellent ways with the students.

    11. Kathleen Martin – ACT Health Directorate Library. Nominated for her support in supplying relevant information to her patrons.

    12. Dianne McGowan – Libraries ACT. Nominated for her positive changes made within the library.

    13. Roxanne Missingham – Australian National University. Nominated for being a driving force of librarianship in the ACT. Her hard work and dedication are unsurpassed. She encourages creativity leadership and faith in the profession.

    14. Giacomo Paganelli – Libraries ACT. Nominated for his helpful, happy, friendly, attitude, his skills and ability with both technical and customer relations.

    15. Wendy Page – Majura Primary. Nominated for being organised, funny and great at finding books the children will like.

    16. Keilly Pownall – Maribyrnong Primary School. Nominated for her passion for her job, and being able to bring all books to life for the children she teaches.

    17. Sarah Steed – Libraries ACT. Nominated for her positive and modern approach to information provision and presentations of programs.

    18. Jan Thurling– National Film and Sound Archive. Nominated for her dedication to service provision for her clients and her efforts to keep the library relevant, accessible and current.

    19. Heather Wilkinson – Gordon Primary. Nominated for being an educational dynamo.

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Low paid industry equals lots of women.

Though there are many male poets, to be fair.

Just another example of the rampant sexism which exists in society today, but is ignored as it happens to men.



Hardly sexism… simple fact is there aren’t that many male Librarians around. The National Library of Australia publishes an annual report that includes staff breakdown by gender – check out page 137 on http://www.nla.gov.au/sites/default/files/national-library-of-australia-annual-report-2011-2012.pdf

thebrownstreak691:11 pm 15 Apr 13

I like the picture for Frank Flintoff in the link – he seems like an interesting character!

I think you’ll find #14 is a male!

Once again your headline runs contrary to available studies and evidence, Jb.
Seemingly one of the hurdles for men entering the is that everyone just assumes a male librarian is either gay, ambitionless, socially awkward, or an all-round human failure.
Read more here.
Quit yer bitchin. Someone, somewhere is probably working on it.

Alternate strawman hypothesis for the sake or argument:
All the male librarians are terrible at whichever particular attention-gathering behaviour these awards are an appreciation of. Discuss.

If it was a list of all men you’d never hear the end of it. All women no men? Not a peep and basically celebrated.

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