The Library Ninja should not be confused with the previously mentioned Ninja Librarian.
Here’s is what I think differentiates them: The Ninja Librarian has an MLIS, while the Library Ninja is an information/assassination paraprofessional.
Video about the former can be found on the other end of this link and embedded goofy video about the latter follows:
Where is this Ninjitsu/Librarianship meme coming from? I know that the ALA is talking about library education again, but are there rumors that ninjitsu courses will be required for accreditation? Will there be ALA accredited dojos in which one learns to fold a library card into a throwing star?
Other places this meme pops up:
Above: Awesome graphics from Brandy Danner.
Above: Graphic from the Manga and Anime page of the Lake Oswego Public Library’s Web site.
Above: Stacey Whittington describes herself as a “Library Ninja”
Above: Library Ninja Death Squad gear
“I wouldn’t mind being a ninja librarian…”
In the same way that we now like we like pirates for their daring, bohemian fashion sense and enjoyable way of talking (Arrrr!) the legendary skill of the ninja is more memorable and important to us than the fact that they were assassins. Calling a librarian a “ninja librarian” is sometimes merely a compliment, like “rockstar librarian” or “superhero librarian,” and has nothing to do with assassinating people.
This is a relief, but it doesn’t completely explain away the meme. Any other thoughts?
Note to self: The next time you can’t sleep, try doing some homework instead of blogging, schmuck.