I usually say I am a technologist.
Even though I used to be a software engineer (in industry, where it
occasionally resembled engineering, for better and worse), as a manager I
don't look at or write much code any more, but I am still a technologist.
And in some contexts I claim to be a user experience person.
Though I have worked in library technology for over ten years, I don't
have the degree or the job classification (nor indeed the desire) to be
called a librarian. In my work context, at least, it would be a
On 2/13/13 7:22 PM, "Maccabee Levine" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Andromeda's talk this afternoon really struck a chord, as I shared with
>afterwards, because I have the same issue from the other side of the
> I'm among the 1/3 of the crowd today with a CS degree and and IT
>background (and no MLS). I've worked in libraries for years, but when I
>have a point to make about how technology can benefit instruction or
>reference or collection development, I generally preface it with "I'm not
>librarian, but...". I shouldn't have to be defensive about that.
>Problem is, 'coder' doesn't imply a particular degree -- just the
>experience from doing the task, and as Andromeda said, she and most C4Lers
>definitely are coders. But 'librarian' *does* imply MLS/MSLS/etc., and I
>What's a library word I can use in the same way as coder?
>Head of Library Technology Services
>University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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