Librarianship has, over the course of the last hundred years or so, become something of a pink collar career. Male librarians are viewed as statistical improbabilites—quota fillers and tokens, if you please.
This is mostly* unfair, and the ones I know prefer to think of themselves as Quality over Quantity.
This calendar not only celebrates the diversity of the men who labor in the library trenches, but all proceeds from each sale goes to the It Gets Better Project™ .
It almost doesn’t matter that Mr. January made me drop my gum and Mr. September . . . never mind.
So if you’re looking for a gift for those librarians (ahem) or library lovers (double ahem) on your list this winter, look no further. I know my Mom** is getting one.
As of this posting, five hundred calendars have been sold. What say we help out with the next hundred?
*The token part, not the improbability part. I don’t know from quotas, but there’s no denying that there aren’t as many male librarians as there were in the beginning of the profession. There’s a theory that the switch happened when the Powers that Be realized it was cheaper to hire female librarians as general staff and keep the men in the admin positions . . . But that discussion clearly belongs in another post.
**The woman is crazy about, um, dachshunds . . . yeah . . . that’s it.