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The seven ages of the librarian

Wingate Gray, Sara (2013) The seven ages of the librarian. In: LSE Research Festival 2013: Exploring Research Stories Through Visual Images, 2013-03-01, London, United Kingdom. (Submitted)

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In today’s 21st century world landscape, riddled with technology, as well as war, attrition, peace, censorship, fragmentation and freedom, there remains a timeless character: The Librarian. This graphic poem explores the protean ‘Librarian’ identity through history, from beginnings to future visions, and is visually inspired by comics and graphic novels. The poem driving the graphic narrative re-works Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” monologue – here my sonnet explores how the concept of ‘the librarian’ has changed through time – a poetic interpretation of my PhD research into the philosophy of the library. Starting with the ‘Scholar’ Age of the Librarian, which Callimachus (Library of Alexandria) represents, the poster zips through proceeding ‘Ages’ to arrive at the contested arena of contemporary ‘Librarian’ identity, and culminates in exploring a new vision: what might a 21st century librarian look like and what battles will she have to fight for her library and communities?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: © 2013 Sara Wingate Gray
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2013 12:55
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 08:31

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