Librarian t-shirt collection

“I have secret powers… I’m a librarian!”

I was going through some of the archived posts here on this Reel Librarians blog, and I came across this early post about my “Marian the Librarian” coffee mug. And then two things clicked:

  1. My husband just gifted me a new library-themed t-shirt for my birthday
  2. I realized that I hadn’t yet highlighted my ever-growing collection of librarian t-shirts

Oversight corrected. You’re welcome. 😉

Librarian-themed t-shirts from my personal collection
Librarian-themed t-shirts from my personal collection

From top to bottom, left to right:

I became a librarian for the money — the power and fame were just a bonus.

(This t-shirt was a gift from my mom, who is also a librarian. 😉 )

Librarian Appreciation:  LONG OVERDUE

(I picked this neon green tee up as a giveaway at an American Library Association (ALA) Conference.)

The “Worship a Librarian” t-shirt is AWESOME. Behold its manifesto:

Ok, sure. We’ve all got our little preconceived notions about who Librarians are and what they do. Many people think of Librarians as diminutive civil servants, scuttling about “Sssh-ing” people and stamping things.

Well, think again buster. Librarians have degrees. They go to graduate school for information science and become masters of data systems and Human-Computer interaction. Librarians can catalog anything from an onion to a dog’s ear.

They could catalog you. Librarians wield unfathomable power. With a flip of the wrist they can hide your dissertation behind piles of old Field & Stream magazines. They can find data for your term paper that you never knew existed. They may even point you toward new and appropriate subject headings.

People become Librarians because they know too much. Their knowledge extends beyond mere categories. They cannot be confined to disciplines. Librarians are all-knowing and all-seeing.

They bring order to chaos.

They bring wisdom and culture to the masses. They preserve every aspect of human knowledge. Librarians rule.

And they will kick the crap out of anyone who says otherwise.

I have secret powers… I’m a librarian!

(I’ve had this baseball t-shirt for years!)

23 Mar 1984
04 Apr 1984
18 Jun 1984
24 Jul 1984
18 Aug 1984
28 Sep 1984

(This library-stamped t-shirt from Out of Print Clothing was a recent birthday gift from my husband!)

Li•brar•i•an  n  1 : a specialist in the management of a library
2 : an information professional
3 : the person who finds sh!t

(So true! I love this shirt, but I don’t wear it to work. 😉 )


(Hah! This was also a recent gift from my husband, who picked up this Unshelved t-shirt at a writer’s conference. Looooooove it.)

There are so many cute and clever librarian-themed t-shirts out there, and I love adding to my personal collection!