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Madam Librarian

So in my last post, I wondered why there are so many librarians in fandom, and suggested that I had some theories on why. Folks asked me to elaborate, so here are some random thoughts, in no particular order:

1. Librarians read. Okay, this is pretty much a statement of the obvious. More usefully, librarians are passionate consumers of media. Books, movies, television. Games admittedly less often, but I have known other gamer librarians, and games are gaining more traction in libraries all the time. Could that passion translate into a predilection for fannishness?

2. Librarians share content and information. This would seem to be a natural match for fandom, which is so much about sharing enthusiasm for content. Recommending books and films to people is a huge part of my job.

3. Librarians find each other. It's like belonging to a club, or a clan. Whenever I meet someone and discover that they're also a librarian, it's an instant bonding moment (just like in the comment thread that kicked this discussion off). So it may not actually be the case that there are more librarians in fandom; we just may be more likely to know that about each other.

Just some off-the-cuff suggestions. Any other ideas? Are there actually more librarians in fandom, or does it just seem that way?

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Nov. 20th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
I could see that there's a distinct argument for it. I'm not a librarian, but I'm an undergrad double majoring in English and History (and one of these days I'll finish my damn BA) and my attraction to fandom is the same type of attraction I have to my preferred subjects: research, writing, reading, characters, plot, drama. So I'm betting it's the same for a lot of others.

Or maybe we just need to do a census! :-D
Nov. 21st, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree with that. It seems to me that there are just a lot of academics in fandom, period, especially in the fandoms that gather around the journaling sites, which is where I've been by far the most active. I would certainly class most librarians as academics, or at the very least educators, even librarians who don't work in a school setting.

A census would be awesome, although I don't know how we would go about organizing one.
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