I was interested, upon discovering the site What does the Internet think? to find out what the Internet thought about librarians, archivists, and museum curators. This, of course, is not a conclusive scientific study, but it is an indicator of perception, and of course, does not take into account the Deep Web, and there is no benchmark to determine how representative the sample is. Nethertheless, the results were interesting.
The first search was for the term “librarians”, and this was the result:
I next searched for “archivists”, and this was the result:
Finally, I searched for “museum curators”, “museum workers”, “museum scientists” and “museum professionals”, and none of those terms have been indexed yet, so I will check that in the future. I ended up simply searching for “museums”, and that yielded this result:
This is quite fascinating. Of the three, indicated here (and again, this is an indicator only, it would need further testing for both reliability and validity), museums are viewed most positively, followed by archivists being viewed positively.
Librarians, however, are viewed negatively. There is, of course, the flaw that the question of perceptions of museum professionals could not be tested, so will I check on that again in future, once this category is indexed. But this snapshot raises a host of interesting questions for further reflection, especially for librarians.