noun \ˈmēm\ : an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. (Merriam-Webster)
An Internet meme is an idea that is propagated through the World Wide Web. The idea may take the form of a hyperlink, video, picture, website, hashtag, or just a word or phrase, such as intentionally misspelling the word “more” as “moar” or “the” as “teh”. The meme may spread from person to person via social networks, blogs, direct email, news sources, or other web-based services. An Internet meme may stay the same or may evolve over time, by chance or through commentary, imitations, parody, or by incorporating news accounts about itself. Internet memes can evolve and spread extremely rapidly, sometimes reaching world-wide popularity within a few days. (Wikipedia – Internet meme)
The last blog entry focused on viral videos, so to keep the infectious internet-sharing theme going….here are some pictorial renderings created by everyday users of the WorldWideWeb which focus on the life and work of the Librarian. While there are many variations of ‘Librarian’ memes out there, this particular style uses six images/illustrations to demonstrate how various groups view the stereotypical life of a librarian – the last image box supposedly showing the most realistic depiction of how an actual librarian views their work. You be the judge of how spot-on these memes really are…
Source: Librarian meme
As you can see, the majority of these memes border on the extreme, sometimes raunchy, and otherwise ridiculous…all terms we love to sink our teeth into when pairing up some of the top librarian stereotypes. Think of these memes when you are having a lousy day at the reference desk, are tired of explaining yet again what you do at the library, or just flat-out want a good chuckle.
Because, of course, these could not possibly be created by actual librarians…right?