#TimesUp on Harassing Your Public Librarian

for Shondaland

The man standing in front of the Reference Desk asked for a guest pass for the public computers and then leaned forward conspiratorially. “Have you seen the original ‘Star Trek’?”

I printed the pass and shook my head. “I haven’t. Are you looking for the DVDs?”

“No,” he said. “You look exactly like this really sexy actress from the show. I mean, she was on the ‘Hottest Women of Star Trek’ list. And you look just. Like. Her.”

He was leering now, staring at me hungrily, with unearned intimacy. He had a disheveled, vaguely Steve Bannon-esque look to him and appeared to be in his late 50s or early 60s (continued)

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Katie MacBride is a freelance journalist, essayist, and co-founder/associate editor of Anxy magazine. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, Vice, Playboy, and Buzzfeed, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @msmacb

One thought on “#TimesUp on Harassing Your Public Librarian

  1. Katie, I don’t want to belittle the crux of this article. As a (male) library professional, I have heard these stories too many times from my colleagues, and it is wrong. Equally, as a director in with academic/public partnership settings under my purview, I have no problem finding a way of keeping such harassing behavior from occurring. That said, I did want to tell you that I really enjoyed this beautifully crafted line (I also teach writing); “Good librarians are alchemists who turn libraries from a building with books and computers into a vibrant hub of information and exploration. ” Thank you for your authorship and advocacy.

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