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February 15, 2008

Librarians Aplenty

A group of lions is a pride. But what is the collective term for librarians, en masse?

It seems that librarians themselves have been discussing this, and they've come up with a number of possibilities. Among the suggestions I like are:

-- a shush
-- a google
-- a collation
-- a bibliogeekerie
-- a spectacle

Most of them seem a bit out-of-date, though. Now that the profession is so digitality-minded, the old references aren't as useful, even if the stereotypes are still in force. The latter of course inspired my own my own suggestion, "a bun of librarians." (I will be hearing about this in short order, and in no uncertain terms, from one librarian in particular. Who sometimes wears a bun.)

Via Fade Theory

Posted by smclemee at February 15, 2008 8:03 AM


How about, a "Muffle" of ... ?

("Stack" lacks dignity)

Posted by: Steven Augustine at February 15, 2008 9:41 AM

I like a "backlog of librarians," myself -- considering that digitalization may well remove the sense from a "card catalog of librarians."

I tried the same "colletive noun" designation once in a book column about professors. The best one, I thought, was a "drone of professors" -- certainly better than a "syllabus of professors" or a "sub-committee."

Posted by: Jerome Weeks at February 15, 2008 9:53 AM

"A bitter of librarians..."

Wanna piss off a librarian?

Ask one, so, your undergraduate degree was in history or english or art history?

Earn enmity for life!

I'm one; I know.

Posted by: bdr at February 15, 2008 1:17 PM