Librarians Confess Their Naughtiest On-the-Job Moments


You know the image: hair in a bun, cats-eye glasses, mouth pursed from frequent shushing. Librarians are in a stereotyped occupation. But besides being experts in finding the information you need -- or reprimanding you for the book you've had checked out since 2003 -- they are people with the same foibles and weaknesses as the rest of us. Only, expressed in a literally literary way.

The institutional wall of silence around the secret lives and practices of librarians has cracked, thanks to a blog called Librarian Shaming. In it, anonymous libraries unburden themselves of their secrets -- sometimes steamy, sometimes shoddy (at least for librarians) -- largely in pictures of them holding signs of their confessions in front of their faces.