Men of the Stacks: why this isn’t just another wall calendar

I was happy that I caught the tweet early when the Men of the Stacks calendar came out because it’s been fascinating to watch this project grow and blosson. If for some reason you haven’t heard of it, the website is here and they have a facebook page here. Thanks to some nice photography, some cute librarians and a good message, this project has taken off, been mentioned in international news outlets, hit boingboing, Oprah and the Village Voice. The calendars cost $5 to produce through MagCloud and are sold for $20 which means for every calendar that gets purchased $15 goes to the It Gets Better Project. There’s a thoughtful post by the MotS administrator Megan about bullying and jerks online and why this sort of thing is so important. My favorite thing is probably close to what Will Manley says, this is “an image buster with a sense of humor.” My second favorite thing about this is, hey, I know those guys! A lot of the fellas in the photos are librarians we’ve known online for years and years–Brett and Trevor and Von and Gabe are people I know, and the others seem like people I’d like to know–and so we can smile along with them and say “Way to go guys!” Can’t wait to see how this evolves.

4 Responses to “Men of the Stacks: why this isn’t just another wall calendar”

  1. vonjobi Says:

    thanks, jessamyn. maybe someday i’ll finally get to meet you =)

  2. Auntie Nanuuq Says:

    Love it! However, as you know, being a Librarian doesn’t pay so well. So as much as I’d like to purchase one, $20. is much too high a price.

  3. Friend of Mario Says:

    Just so you know…Mario Ascencio [top right photo]– might look familar as you both were on the “Political Capital” cover of LJ, not so long ago!
    http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/885245-264/ala_2010_on_ljs_june.html.csp
    One of my favorite LJ covers to be sure!

  4. Penny Scott Says:

    Hi Jessamyn,

    So glad to see this post. The calendar is fantastic, and is even closer to my own heart because Locke Morrisey, to whom the calendar is dedicated, was my boss and was an all around great guy and excellent librarian.

    Penny