"Shambrarian": Someone who knows enough truth about how libraries really work, but not enough to go insane or be qualified as a real librarian. (See more at

More information available at

And Dave Pattern has published a handy guide to Librarian/Shambrarian interactions
("DO NOT bore the librarian by showing them your Roy Tennant Fan Club membership card")

Tongue firmly in cheek,


On 14 Feb 2013, at 00:22, 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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> Maccabee Levine
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> University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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