It is a well established fact that librarianship is a predominately female career field. In 2004 the Canadian Library Association (CLA) conducted a study and found that nearly eight in ten librarians in Canada were female. Among paraprofessionals, females held nine out of every ten positions. The least likely to be female were librarians and paraprofessionals working in academic libraries. Generally, most Canadian librarians were characterized as 79% female, and 65% were over 45 years of age (CLA 43-47). A similar study was conducted among the membership of the American Library Association (ALA) in 2006. The ALA discovered that credentialed librarians were mostly women, aged 45-54. Library assistants were more predominantly female and likely to be younger than 35. In total, 80% of the ALA membership at the time was female (ALA 10). It is within this context that a distinct profession has emerged, and with it an equally distinct stereotype. The perception of librarianship has shifted. Originally considered an exclusively male profession, the 19th and 20th centuries saw librarianship become feminized, beginning a cycle wherein female librarians have both reinforced, developed, and appropriated stereotypes.

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