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By Jeanette C. Smith

regardless of the stodgy stereotypes, libraries and librarians themselves may be very humorous. The spectrum of library humor from assets in and out the occupation levels from the sophisticated wit of the New Yorker to the satire of Mad. This exam of yankee library humor during the last 2 hundred years covers quite a lot of subject matters and spans the continuum among gentle and darkish, from parodies to portrayals of libraries and their staffs as gadgets of worry. It illuminates sorts of librarians—the collector, the association individual, the keeper, the swap agent—and explores stereotypes just like the shushing little previous girl with a bun, the male scholar-librarian, the library superhero, and the anti-stereotype of the attractive librarian. Profiles of the main well-liked library humorists around out this full of life study.

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