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Librarians in Fiction: A Critical Bibliography

by Grant Burns

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The depictions of librarians in over 374 novels, short stories, and plays in English are the focus of this fully annotated reference work.Librarians, no less than other professionals, want to know how they are depicted in fiction. The stereotypical or fictional librarian--the one with the bun, comfortable shoes, and dour demeanor--may be fading, but fiction teaches a lesson about public perception. Actually, story librarians are often described as adaptable, knowledgeable, shrewd, tactful, tender and intelligent--traits that the authors, and by extension the readers, look for in their librarians.All entries include complete bibliographic data, followed by a lengthy annotation that discusses how the librarian fits into the story and gives insight to how he or she is depicted. Title and author indexes are provided for further utility.… (more)
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This is exactly what it says, a bibliography. It is annotated and i found it useful. My copy has many notes of other books published since--probably not of much interest outside the profession. ( )
  rampaginglibrarian | Jul 3, 2006 |
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The depictions of librarians in over 374 novels, short stories, and plays in English are the focus of this fully annotated reference work.Librarians, no less than other professionals, want to know how they are depicted in fiction. The stereotypical or fictional librarian--the one with the bun, comfortable shoes, and dour demeanor--may be fading, but fiction teaches a lesson about public perception. Actually, story librarians are often described as adaptable, knowledgeable, shrewd, tactful, tender and intelligent--traits that the authors, and by extension the readers, look for in their librarians.All entries include complete bibliographic data, followed by a lengthy annotation that discusses how the librarian fits into the story and gives insight to how he or she is depicted. Title and author indexes are provided for further utility.

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