It used to be you could identify the librarian by the sensible shoes, but times they are a changing. Witness this ad from Library Bar. Sure their “librarians” are bartenders, but what cultural shift changed to thrust librarians up the sex appeal scale?
Yeah, this is old. After all, it was the Spring 2004 of Bust Magazine that asked if librarians might be the new “it” girls, but it’s still amusing.
Ruth A. Kneale explores this at length at librarian-image.net and Monika Bargmann, Flickr’s Library Mistress has cataloged quite a collection of images of librarians in contemporary culture, like Linux Lass (and the Library Bar photo above).