Do we have a librarian in the house?

A couple years ago, I wrote about infiltrating a tech conference. I did it again today, this time attending my college’s IT conference. I was a bit nervous about it, since everyone else in the room was classed as an IT professional while my job is in the library group (but not in the library – go figure).

Partway through his opening remarks, our university CIO was addressing a problem and said, “We need a librarian in the room. You wouldn’t believe how badly we need librarians right now.” (Little did he know there was a librarian sitting right in the middle of the room!)

This is just one anecdote, but it’s not the first time I’ve heard an IT professional say they need a librarian to work with them. It reinforced my belief that “the L-word” has a lot of value and meaning and was very timely considering the proposed SLA name change (which I wrote about yesterday).

Later, I mentioned the SLA name debate to one of our system administrators who also happens to have a library degree. He said he didn’t like the idea of dropping the L-word from the name, and that he specifically wanted library training to complement his IT training.

5 thoughts on “Do we have a librarian in the house?

  1. So stop leaving us in suspense! What did you do? Did you jump up, rip your shirt off revealing the spandex suit with the huge “L” on the chest and jump to the rescue? Or what?

  2. Librarian emergencies unravel much more slowly than medical emergencies. I just introduced myself as “the librarian in the room” for the rest of the day.

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  4. When it comes to information literacy it is important to have both the librarian and the programmer involved.

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