The “old librarian/new librarian” shibboleth


You all know what a shibboleth is, of course; this afternoon I was discussing with colleagues what distinguishes librarian 1.0 from librarian 2.0, here’s the breakdown:

Librarian 1.0

  • Birkenstocks
  • Arts-and-crafts clothing
  • Wristwatches
  • Haircuts of a librarian 1.0 type (hey, let’s not offend anyone)
  • An understanding of what it means to write a bibliography for a subject
  • Experience with gopher

Librarian 2.0

  • Pointy shoes (with heels)
  • Piercings
  • Owning a mobile device (one capable of wifi comms)
  • Haircuts of a librarian 2.0 type (again…)
  • An understanding of what it means to create an OPML file
  • Experience with AJAX

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    3 Responses to “The “old librarian/new librarian” shibboleth”

    1. Mariann Løkse Says:

      Thanks for clearing this up! I know realize that I am a Web 1.2 librarian (the 0.2 is mainly due to my shoes…) Problem is, I thought I was at least Web 1.6;-)

    2. malin c Says:

      jag är ändå lite nyfiken på vilka frisyrer som hamnar i vilken .0? OPLM kan ajg hantera likså så diverse mobila enheter, ajax har jag dock inte provat! CSS, XHTML; HTML; XML??? är de 1.0. Börjar misstänka jag hamnar någonstans mitt emellan, lite lagom. jag som så gärna ville vara 2.0-ig

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