Re: [Videolib] Whither Media or What?

From: Mike Tribby <>
Date: Wed Apr 08 2009 - 08:36:44 PDT

>I gave up using the L word in my title or in the description of my job to strangers years ago, after an incident at a dinner party. I was sitting next to a woman with a huge beehive hairdo and a Jersey accent you could cut with a chainsaw. She rambled on for a good fifteen minutes about the glories of her successful son, the doctor. Finally, she asked me what I did for a living. When I told her I was a librarian, she looked me up and down with a mixture of profound pity and contempt and said: "Oy! Does your mother know?"

I have handled similar situations by introducing myself as Conan the Librarian. But if media librarian is a hard job to describe, try explaining "cataloger." Even among other librarians there is little hope of pleasant results.

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses

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