This seems to be the season for alleged sexually related illegal something or other by librarians or library workers. One story that’s all over the New York news concerns a 33-year-old school librarian in New Rochelle who allegedly tried to seduce a 16-year-old male student in the high school she worked at.
She was arrested when she arrived at his house for what she allegedly thought was a sexual encounter with him. Apparently, she’s the only librarian in history who removed her glasses, shook the bun out of her hair, and still nobody wanted to have sex with her.
I said “allegedly” a lot because this case looks very suspicious to me. First, it involves a grown librarian pursuing a teenage boy for sex, when it’s well known that teenage boys are terrible at sex, plus they reek of Axe body spray. Second, it involves a teenage boy who supposedly doesn’t want to have sex with anyone who will have him. All very strange.
Something about New York just makes kids crazy, I guess, like these sexually harassing teen boys who did their best to ruin a teacher’s life. That’s what teenage boys are like.
But if you want to read about alleged librarian sex, this article is much better: Librarian Accused of Sex Abuse. Though the place it Albany, it’s Albany, OR, so at least all the alleged librarian sex isn’t happening in New York.
The story itself isn’t very interesting. It’s about a “51-year-old woman who worked as a library aide [being] accused of having sex in her car with a 17-year-old student.” The woman turned herself in to the police. It’s all very boring.
The one comment on the story by someone calling themselves Charity is priceless, though.
FYI – A library aide is NOT a librarian! I Librarian has to have a Masters of Library Science. A library aide often has to have nothing more than a high school education. Please do not insult our profession by calling everyone who works in a library a librarians. Do you call everyone who works at a bank, a banker? Or everyone who works H&R Block an accountant?
Obviously the editor who wrote the headline was uninformed, but so what?
Do you want to know what’s an insult to a “profession”? When said professionals are so desperate to be considered professionals that they’ll use any excuse to proclaim how they’re professionals while everyone else isn’t. That comment was both funny and pathetic at the same time.
Would I call everyone who works at a bank a banker? You know what, I might. It’s not like bankers have to have a special Master of Banking degree. But if I called a teller a banker, would a banker start whining about it? I seriously doubt it.
But if you can’t tell the difference between what “professional” librarians and library workers do in a library, how professional is it really? If you can be a “professional” and yet still dress every day for work in jeans and sneakers, people are going to take your profession less seriously than doctors. Get over it.
At this point, I can’t understand why librarians are still worried about their “professional” status. Give it up. It’s a lost game. What professional librarians are left are being deprofessionalized left and right. This was a school library aide. Chances are in a few years the school libraries won’t have any librarians left; they’ll all be aides. Reference desks are often staffed by non-”professional” librarians.
In the past and today there are plenty of tasks assigned to “professional” librarians that could easily be performed by intelligent and educated amateurs. Some argue that in the future, no one but library directors will have MLS degrees, and even they would probably benefit from some other degree.
Fretting that the world doesn’t see you as the professional your professional association swears you are is just pointless. Why waste your desperate time even bothering to correct an innocent mistake in a new headline? Don’t you have some professional things you need to be doing about now?
Librarians need to accept that they’ll never be understood by the world at large because the world at large doesn’t need or use them. Think of it as a compliment. Librarians who are doing their jobs well should have libraries that are so easy to use no one ever needs the librarians, and thus they don’t know what librarians really do.
That way, instead of leaving little cries for help in the comments section of a news story, you can be content that people not knowing what you do is a sign that you do it well. Even if that’s not true, it’ll keep you from looking like a desperate fool. Talk about embarrassing to the profession!