Short annotations about librarians

On a lark the other day I clicked on the tweets from some my most recent blog posts. I noticed a lot of non-librarians on the tweet activity. This is great – it was part of the reason I decided to blog on the Science 3.0 site and is a great example of John Dupuis’ concept of stealth librarianship in action.

So I got to thinking – perhaps many of these people wouldn’t know much about us from a few blog posts, tweets, Slideshare presentations, and bio information in Linked In. This is assuming, of course, that all of us use these tools, which we don’t.

So in the spirit of the great independent movie, 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould, here’s a little more about our quirky profession. (Annotations, if you don’t see them often, are the hallmark of our profession. We use them all the time, whether they’re really needed or not.)

1. We have a lot of strong opinions about ebooks and how they should be made available. (#hcod)

2. Many of us have dumped out a bag of M&Ms (or animal crackers, or Hershey’s assorted miniatures) and analyzed the different constituents by size / frequency of occurrence/intactness.

3. To entertain ourselves we may repeat the exercise in #2 as often as necessary with other items or later with a different bag of the same food.

4. We will meet at any time, for any reason, distribute minutes and then at the next meeting discuss them again, in case anyone has any questions.

5. We will find a way to create a form for anything, no matter how minor the information needed.

6. We will find a way to make discussion of editing/updating said form last for an entire meeting.

7. We will find a way to never stop using said form, just in case the information is needed in the future.

8. If there are more than three of us in a room and there is document at hand, one or more in the group will be making wordsmithing corrections simultaneously.

9. If said wordsmithing activity is occurring, at least one conversation will discuss the placement of Harvard commas, punctuation within quotation marks, and how to handle a quotation with a grammatical error.

10. In said discussions in #9, there will strong opinions on each conversation and part of the meeting will be needed to make a compromise on usage.

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