I just say I work in libraries -- that describes anyone with or without the
degree. It's not as concise, but it conveys the right idea.

I see no reason to preface anything you say with what you don't have.  If
people require your resume to decide if your ideas are any good, it's just
not a good sign.


On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM, Maccabee Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Andromeda's talk this afternoon really struck a chord, as I shared with her
> afterwards, because I have the same issue from the other side of the fence.
>  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 a
> 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
> respect that.
> What's a library word I can use in the same way as coder?
> Maccabee
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