We learned from LIS News last week that the library where this video “was filmed, the Reiche Branch of the Portland, ME Public Library is now CLOSED.” This at least supports my hypothesis that more funky librarian videos aren’t going to save libraries. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.
The video in question, supposedly witty but really annoying, is the “Kickass Librarian” video. It’s been viewed over 6,000 times, no doubt by librarians who are overjoyed that the word “ass” and the word “librarian” appear in such proximity. It seems appropriate given the librarian’s attitude in the video.
How anyone could stand to sit through that excruciating video is beyond me. Where some librarians see “kickass,” I saw rude and condescending, and the tattoos didn’t make up for it.
The library system is probably out of money, but this video isn’t much of an incentive to support it. I can just imagine some hapless librarian going up before a library board or city council and arguing for more money using this video as a reason to fund. Fat chance of more funding.
Were I a library board member or a library patron and some librarian spoke to me the way she spoke to some of those patrons, I’d definitely not vote to fund the library more, though I might suggest some training in public relations or customer service. This video does for the image of librarians what Jaws did for the image of sharks.
Though obviously this video didn’t kill the library it was filmed in, just as obviously it didn’t save the library. Therefore, I propose that all librarians – cool, hip, kickass, tattooed, and otherwise – do themselves and the profession a favor. They should make one of their new year’s resolutions to NOT make any more videos about librarians.
Really, video-librarians, we’ve had enough. We’ve been pounded by “Library 101” and pummeled by “Lady Gaga” and kicked by “I Will Survive.” At some point the madness has to end. For all of our sakes, please make it end in 2010. I and the other librarians without inferiority complexes will thank you.
Ball gowns and tuxedos and martinis and champagne are in my future, and may they be in yours. I plan to dance the night away, and I promise not to post my librarian antics to YouTube. Having said that, have a happy new year!