2013 is young, but in library circles, “rock star librarian” is quickly becoming the loaded term of the year.
It all started with a post at Hi Miss Julie that sparked debate about gender and librarianship. Since then Stacked, The Magpie Librarian, and other blogs have continued the discussion. Heck, a friend even sent me the description of a proposed ALA Annual Conversation Starter focused on the rock star librarian concept.
You can count me among those who dislike the term. It does always seem to be used in reference to men, and it really just means a person who can engage a crowd. In fact, you could swap out the “librarian” part for any other profession and I would still be unhappy.
So while I’m busy submitting “Rock Star (anything)” to be on the 2014 LSSU List of Banished Words, I hope the gender debate continues and the library world is the wiser for it.