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This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  754 ratings  ·  194 reviews
In 2014, author and photographer Kyle Cassidy published a photo essay on called "This is What A Librarian Looks Like," a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries are to our communities. His subjects are men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and personal s ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Black Dog & Leventhal
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Angela M
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How could I resist? I'm a retired Librarian and I just knew that I would love this tribute to the profession and and the wonderful contributions that librarians make to society. If you have an advanced digital copy like I was fortunate enough to get, do yourself a favor and read it on an IPad or better yet buy a copy so you can see the beautiful photographs of librarians from public libraries, university libraries, corporate libraries, school libraries.

I love what Susan K. McClelland from Oak P
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From as early as I can remember, I frequented my local library. At age three I was mesmerized by a blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling of the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, so my mother took me to the Ray Bradbury Public Library to get book after book about whales and dolphins, fostering my life long love of both marine biology and libraries. Whether it was earning my first Cubs tickets through a summer reading program or putting up a yard sign declaring that my kids are lib ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I’m not a Librarian, but I spent much of my childhood in our town Library. There aren’t too many buildings from that town that I can still picture clearly, but the Library is at the top of that list. I grew up in a family of readers, and my parents always had our house filled with books – most of which were acquired through the Library, or courtesy of the annual Church Book Sale. I still have the “My Little Book House” book set that my mother bought for me at one of those book sales, too young t
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: politicians, civic leaders, school boards, bureaucrats
Mel Gooch of San Francisco Public Library claims: “Librarians are the ultimate search ninjas.”

What a treat! A beautifully presented production that should be required reading for all public officials, civic leaders, and politicians. Teachers, parents and the general public already know how indispensable librarians are. I've added photos below.

I remember seeing Ben Lexcen interviewed after his famous ‘winged keel’ took the “Australia II” to victory in the 1983 America’s Cup yacht race. (First l
Erin Cataldi
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I will admit that I am a little partial to this book because I'm one of the librarians featured in it, BUT that is not the only reason by a long shot! Kyle Cassidy has done an insanely impressive job compiling the essence and passion of librarianship into one beautiful coffee table book. Over 300 librarians from all over the world are featured and all have a gorgeous photo accompanied by a quote or statement on what being a librarian means to the. Some are wordy and eloquent, some are moving, an ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional compilation of librarians and how they enrich our lives from childhood through every level of our education toward our path of adulthood, and never ever stop; thank goodness! My thank you to all the librarians in my life, and my children's lives that brought us the wonder of books. So powerful. I remember every square inch of my children's library where I grew up with love and awe to this day!

Thank you Netgalley for the first peak. Thank you authors.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The best quote about libraries is actually by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. He says, 'When you're growing up there are two institutional places that effect you most powerfully: the church which belongs to God and the public library which belongs to you." ~J.P. Porcaro; New Jersey Chapter Councillor, American Library Association.

Vast and varied are the librarians, leaders, and educators featured in the oversized pages of this photo-essay anthology - each sharing their personal testimonie
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
First & foremost, thank you to NetGalley & Black Dog & Leventhal for a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This book was... okay. I've seen other reviews describe this as a good coffee table book and I absolutely agree with those assessments.

The blurbs from each of the librarians were worded differently but basically all meant the same thing. Libraries are vital to communities and provide unlimited access to a myriad of services. I completely agree with that. It was exhausting to re-r
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I've been dipping in and out of this lovely book for the last month or so. If any librarian on the planet was after quotes or ideas to explain exactly why they do what they do, then this book is just full of them.

What changes a collection of books into something useful is a librarian: a curator, an indexer, a manager, a gardener who knows what to cut back, what to add, what to highlight, and, most of all, what the community around them needs to grow as a society.

You get lots of perspective on li
Leslie Reese
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Special place in my heart for librarians and libraries, and this book articulates reasons why beyond my personal memories and experiences....
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The many libraries and librarians featured in this book made me especially proud to be a member of this amazing profession! Libraries are conduits to connection, learning, training, entertainment, answers and much more. They serve everyone. Whether or not you choose to use them, they provide tangible benefits to our society by giving all a chance to widen their horizons.
Bastian Greshake Tzovaras
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I now want to start an alternative career as a librarian. 💖😍
This review can also be found on my blog at: https://diminishingthoughts.wordpress...

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I took way longer than necessary to finish this book. What attracted me to this book was the fact that it celebrated Libraries and Librarians and I’d never seen a book like this before so I wanted to find out what these Librarians said about the profession I want to go into one day.

Kyle Cassidy put together pictures, quotes, co
Sarah Rosenberger
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cultural-studies, art
A feel-good celebration for librarians and the folks that love them.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, non-fic
I accidently got a NetGalley copy of this.
I clicked on an ad in a Book Reviewer Newsletter that I get and it took me to the book's NetGalley page. Now, usually when this happens it gives you the option to request it or 'read it now'. In this case, however, it took it upon itself to invite me and now I must read it to keep up my NetGalley review ratio.
It does seem interesting; I just wasn't ready to download another NetGalley yet.


This book was divided into sections; there would be a numb
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Librarians are warrior princes and princesses wielding book love like swords! We are vigilant, curious, intelligent, and kind. Libraries are the banners that we carry proudly into the fray! Forward, ever forward!" - Susan K. McClelland

This is a really beautiful tribute to libraries and librarians everywhere. Yes, it's a bit repetitive at times but that's because the message is an important one.

Libraries can be many things to many people: a research space, study area, refuge, etc. It is free edu
I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The idea behind this book is great, but the format of it as an e-book has a lot to be desired. This would be much better as a physical coffee table book. It was awful in regards to formatting on my actual Kindle e-reader, but somewhat better on my phone app and I'm guessing even better on a Kindle Fire. The author spoke with hundreds of librarians and Library Science students, as well as some authors and printed excerpts, qu ...more
Corban Ford
"This is What a Librarian Looks Like" is a beautiful love letter to the profession and to others interested in Libraries, done by those who work in them. Over the course of the 200+ pages, Librarians tell the reader, in their own words, what it means to be a Librarian and why Libraries are essential to our communities and culture. For many, Libraries are the only places in town were people can get help signing up for unemployment, or assistance with computer training, or receive a great reading ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who want to know why libraries matter, who librarians are, and what they do
I never knew librarians did so much! Thank you librarians!

In a digital age, libraries are even more important and relevant than ever. They provide valuable services to people of all backgrounds for free (mostly), and librarians are willing to go to great lengths to provide people with these services. They are fighters. I've never felt so proud to have such easy access to a library! We must work together as society to preserve an institution that is one of the foundations of the nation and democr
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In these dark times, when assaults on our freedoms are happening daily, it gave me hope to read these brief photographic portraits of librarians. The message of the book is clear: libraries are essential to a free society. Support your libraries and librarians!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The stories in this book testify, over and over, to the importance of the Library as a great equaliser that serves every person and group and enables democratic access to knowledge, citizenship, and community. This I knew, and appreciated hearing from so many different voices, but what particularly struck me was a sentiment expressed by Daniel Ronsom, Institutional Services Librarian at the California College of the Arts (p. 174), and echoed by others throughout.

The greatest challenge libraries
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of course I'm going to like a book about librarians... although I guess you call it 'preaching to the choir' ... so many interesting people and types ... hmm.. only three from Indiana though..haha...
This proves that libraries AND librarians are Not or Will Not be obsolete... and then to hear that IPS celebrated a media specialist as Teacher of the Year! I hope school systems who are rethinking the role of their librarians take note...
Cheers to Libraries and Librarians!!
Kris Patrick
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skimmed
It soothed my professional self-esteem, which was in itty bitty pieces about mid-May.

Exciting to see TIWALLL feature a friend from graduate school. Hi, Candice!!! Keep up the amazing work at LAPL. Beautiful photo of you!
Megan (ReadingRover)
Wonderful book celebrating librarians from all over the country and the need we have for books, information and a sense of community.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, library, non-fiction
An interesting look into what librarians really think about the future of libraries and the importance of keeping libraries around. I love that the librarians chosen were a very diverse group from a variety of backgrounds and types of libraries.
Jennifer Bacall
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With an assortment of photographs, essays and quotes this book gives faces and voices to some of the millions of Americans who work at, run and utilize our libraries. The book features public, private, academic and every other kind of library one can imagine.

The concept of the book occurred to author Kyle Cassidy after he worked on a story about librarians for Slate Magazine in 2014. He became fascinated by the range of personalities, talents and passions of the people who spend their lives prov
Alex Reborn
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed reading a book about books and librarians, and it inspired me to visit the library more. There are things in common among the librarians, which is not unusual at all. I enjoyed the short essays throughout the book, because they enriched the content and developed certain ideas. It was a good book and I do believe that librarians have a certain kind of power that has the potential to change the world, so it should be used wisely and with caution! I would go as far as to say it's a callin ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of the author's original librarian photo montage, but enjoyed flipping through this book filled with photos of and thoughts from librarians across the country. Librarians connect people to all sorts of information and are essential to learning. A great ode to the library, probably my favorite place in the world!
Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC.
Karrie Stewart
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you think libraries are just for books, you need to read this now! Libraries are so much more then just a house for books. Each library full fills the communities needs and as we now, each community is different from the next. That is why they are so important!
Schizanthus Nerd
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I could have any more admiration for the work librarians do, but that was before I read this book. This Is What a Librarian Looks Like is a celebration of the unsung superheroes of the literary world. They are the keepers of knowledge, protectors of words, and walking and talking book recommending extraordinaires! I'm sure they get their superpowers from inhaling the smell of new books. They perform surgical procedures second to none repairing stories that have been loved to piece ...more
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