Get your Men of the stacks 2012 calendar

Male librarians from around the US have come together to pose for a calendar that aims to challenge stereotypes and raise funds for charity. Project co-ordinator Megan Perez talks about The men of the stacks calendar 2012.

Men of the Stacks - Photography Ricardo Louis

Photography – Ricardo Louis http://ricardolouis.com

It all started a few years ago when two of my colleagues and I learnt of another library-themed calendar, The tattooed ladies of the Texas library association. We shared the same reaction – ‘Cool, but… what about us? Where are all the men?’ We also felt that that calendar reinforced the stereotype of librarians as people who wear glasses, shelve according to the Dewey Decimal System and are exclusively female.

Three of us decided to make our own calendar that represented the professional and personal interests of male librarians around the country.

Three of us decided to make our own calendar that represented the professional and personal interests of male librarians around the country.

It wasn’t going to be quite that simple, though. Although the matter has now been resolved, one model was confronted by his human resources manager and threatened with legal action for appearing in the calendar. Then, the trustees of a fund we’d selected to donate the proceeds to – a library fund supporting intellectual freedom and opposing censorship – told us they would not adopt or endorse The men of the stacks fundraiser. We’ve now decided to support a different organisation, It gets better, an organisation that supports GLBT young people and shows them that love and happiness can be a reality in their future.

Our project has two goals: to help alter the perception of professional librarians and do some good for the world. So, who are we? We are educators, programmers, project managers, entrepreneurs, contractors, consultants and speakers. We are academics. We are authors, historians, deans, professors and researchers. We are creatives. We are musicians, bakers, painters and storytellers. We are yogis, gym-rats, runners and hikers. We are dog-lovers, radicals, conservatives, Christians and Buddhists. We are in our twenties. We are in our forties. We try to use our advantages to better the lives of others. We are The men of the stacks.

The men of the stacks 2012 calendar is available at menofthestacks.com for $US19.95 + shipping. You can also email info@menofthestacks.com for more information.

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