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Colorful Librarians: Tattoos and Information Innovators

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Description: With the rise of tattoos in popular culture and amongst adults ages 18-25, is it safe to say that there is a rise of tattooed people in the library world? With 58% of librarians in the United States being over 45 years old, one can project that those replacing retirees are bound to be a bit more “colorful”. What does this mean for administrative policies regarding visible tattoos for librarians? Do these individuals aid in promoting visual literacy and how do they provide innovative programming for their libraries? Through statistical information, I will discuss the plight of librarians with tattoos.

Presenter: Lacy Ellinwood

Types of libraries:

  • All


  • New ALA Members
  • Popular Culture
  • Research and Statistics
  • Social Change
  • Trends and Forecasting

Additional comments: It is important for those shifting the face of librarianship to be positive role models for change.