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Perhaps Dr Albrecht should go back and read his own post.
As was well-stated in that post, sweeping generalizations should have no place in library culture -- even when couched in "humor".
Yes this is a trope, but as short White woman who was a librarian in tha Bronx NYC and now works in South Central Los Angeles, I have used this 'superpower' to my advantage. People don't want to be seen beating up on respectful member of the community who doesn't come off as a threat. A large man who has a manhood to defend can't pull this off.
Seeing oneself as a member of the community and being so is also is protective. I had another White woman ask me if I was 'afraid' to work where I was. My asnwer- "No, I live here".
I am rapidly approaching LOL-hood, but my personality (and, sadly, my teeth) are a lot like yours! Some of those stereotypical LOLs may simply have gotten so burnt out that they no longer cared enough to get worked up by unpleasant patrons. I've certainly known some that dealt with it by having a nice strong Refreshing Adult Beverage or three after work.
So true! I know where and when to blow off steam! We all share war stories beind the scenes where I work.and have a good laugh over the cast of characters.
Your valid points here could have been better made without resorting to stereotypes.
I guess you missed the LOL part - I'm being tongue in cheek, Laugh Out Loud also stands for Little Old Lady Librarian.
I got the LOL part. 'Humor' doesn't cancel out the damage of stereotypes.
I agree with Cindy, I guess that I am probably one of these so called "LOLs" at age 66 and having been in the field for a long time. The qualities that you suggest, firm but fair, empathy, etc are not just hallmarks reserved for those of us who have been around a while. I think that any staff member, at any age can strive for this and many of my younger colleagues set a good example of this. I find your humor indeed a stereotype,and kind of implying that we are old, feeble, etc. While I do have some patrons say wow, you have been here a long time, these are also the same ones that come to me when they need assistance and know that I will do my best to help them. Any staff members worth their salt, regardless of age, ability, etc will know the techniques that can help diffuse difficult situations. Stop with the generalizations, you are not funny.
Hi, Catherine. Thanks for commenting. I think the points you make were exactly what Dr. Albrecht was trying to make, and showing that these traits that we *might* associate with the "LOL" are good for--and can be adopted by--all. I believe the use of the stereotype was in order to help us visualize those traits in a humorous, but perhaps sometimes accurate, way. I'm sorry you felt it was offensive. If anything, I felt he was complimenting those LOL librarians.