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Re: What's in a name?
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- From: Tom Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 20:41:45 EST
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Well, the terms "library" and "librarian" have worked for a very, very long time. Information centers and Information professionals just doesn't cut it in my view nor do any of the alternate names I've heard. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! I just came back from a seminar where an anecdote was passed on by one of the speakers. It seems a major library director had a VP to whom he reported who came from the misinformed and intellectually challenged segment of the human race. This person would repeat the lament heard by many of us from other idiots. "Why put up buildings and shelves and such when we all know that libraries will be disappearing, replaced by electronic information kiosks." This ding-dong was pushing to change the name of the library to information center or similar. At a subsequent meeting of university adminstration some big wig from LC or some such place was attending. This VP asked her if it wasn't time to change library to information center (or whatever). The big wig replied that Library and Librarian works just fine, are descriptive and understood world-wide. The library director heard no more dumb remarks from that VP, at least not in reference to name changes for the library. I don't care if they change my title to King of the Library. I am and will always be a librarian and, God willing, a retired librarian. Tom Williams University of South Alabama. > Apologies for cross-posting!!! > > Hi All > > Is the professional title 'Librarian' a little old -fashioned these days? > I'd be interested to know about alternative names for your professional > posts in the serials ( in all formats) library world. I'm actually quite > proud to be a serials and inter-lending librarian - my work encompasses > all sorts of serials - print , electronic , and inter-library loans and > other document delivery. However I think I'm the only 'librarian' left on > the staff here. Everyone else is an advisor or manager (but this term is > reserved for heads of our library depts which isn't me). We wondering what > else might fit the bill. 'Administrator' is one suggestion or how about > 'co-ordinator'? I certainly do a lot of co-ordinating in my job!!! All > suggestions gratefully received but don't all rush at once.... Replies to > me PERSONALLY please - if you spare the lists I'll summarise for you. > > Thank you for indulging me. > > Ros Doig > Serials & Inter-lending Librarian > University of Derby > Learning Centre > Kedleston Road > Derby > DE22 1GB > > Tel. +44 1332 591204 > Fax. +44 1332 622773 > Email M.R.Doig@Derby .ac.uk