The Television Viewing Habits of Librarians (Pop Culture Association Version)
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One night, I phoned a colleague at home to ask a question. “I’d love to chat,” he said, “but Star Trek is on.” After hanging up, I started to wonder: why does every librarian I know watch Star Trek? As I started wondering about this idea, another colleague complained that the students in her graduate LIS classes spent more time watching Friends than they spent doing their homework. A 1999 article reported that the majority of librarians enter the field because they enjoy books and reading (Gordon & Nesbeitt, 1999). However, it seemed to me like television was taking a more prominent role in the lives of librarians, perhaps to the exclusion of books and reading.
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