Two Halloweens ago I dressed up as a zombie librarian. Not only did I win my library’s first annual Halloween costume contest, but my blood-splattered, Goodwill duds directly coincided with an exhibit I curated called “Zombies in Literature and Film.” Best. Halloween. Ever.
Despite its advances, librarianship is seen as an old-fashioned profession. Librarians work with books, obvs, and books are on their way out. What young person in their right mind would ever want to become associated with such an old job? Taking that into account, my outfit is not only a nod to the stereotypical old-lady librarian, but also a nod to old-fashioned zombies ala the original Night of the Living Dead. Just as librarians have changed in the wake of technological advances such as the Internet and Web 2.0, zombies have certainly changed. Instead of slowly shambling, mindless hunks of decaying flesh, the virus-infected rage zombies of today’s films and TV shows run! They use tools! They die and then come back as zombies no matter what omg. In the 21st century, we tend to prefer our zombies somewhat less dumb and certainly more difficult to kill. So why then do we continue to think of our librarians as ol’ bitties from the 60s, resistant to change?
Did I just equate librarians to zombies? Yes. Yes, I did.