While the video is a cute and well-done parody of a popular song, it just perpetuates the age-old stereotype that librarians are all about books and not about readers.
Using phrases like "you've got my books and they belong to me" or "librarians don't mess around when it comes to fines" keep up the image of the librarian as the owner/keeper of the books whose wrath you will incur if "her" books are not returned.
Shots of kids with sad/scared faces, teachers wagging their pointers in a shaming motion, and the librarian skulking around the halls trying to catch kids with overdue books - these are not the images that I want people to envision when they think of school librarians and what we do.
Instead, these are the images I'd like people to have:
- librarians matching kids with the perfect book
- happy readers visiting the library
- groups of kids talking with the librarian about what they are reading
- librarians sharing new titles with kids and teachers
- books flying off the shelves and into the hands of our precious readers
It makes me sad that this video has over a million views on Facebook. I'm sure this librarian isn't really "all about the books." She's probably a wonderful librarian who connects her students with books and does all of the things mentioned above. She's obviously creative and talented, but this video doesn't show any of that.
It's a wasted opportunity.
Did you get tagged with this video over the weekend? How did it make you feel?