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One Wish for Library Organizations

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Dec. 1st, 2009 | 10:06 am

I wish that library organizations would spell out their full name at least once in each listserv listing or American Libraries Direct article. Some acronyms are fairly obvious, but others are not so much. It's very easy for people in an organization to forget that not everyone is involved, and not everyone can keep all the acronyms straight. It's a little frustrating to get an email that says "Want to join the leadership board of ____ (insert some 3-5 letter acronym)?" Well, how would I know if I want to join the leadership board if I don't know what the acronym is for? And yes, I could do a quick search online, but my employer, though perfectly content to let me check email, is a little less permissive of other internet use. It would just be so much easier if organizations could follow professional writing process by spelling out the whole name at the first mention of the organization. :/ Ok, sorry to vent. I just had to get that off my chest.

I just voted in the Special Libraries Association name-change vote. SLA is voting to see whther members would support a name change to make us the Association of Strategic Knowledge Professionals (ASKPro). I thought the name and acronym were pretty clever, and that the name is very inclusive of librarians and other information professionals. But I am a little conflicted about leaving behind the Librarian moniker. So I gave it a lot of thought and then voted my conscience, and I'm really curious to see how the vote turns out. I think I can be happy with either outcome, though if ASKPro doesn't make the vote, and people are still determined to leave SLA, I don't know of any other options.

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