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Collective Noun for Librarians?

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After Martha gave a presentation to the Special Libraries Association’s Southern California chapter, she was left wondering whether there’s a good collective noun for a group of librarians. A dewey? This is part of a complete episode.

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  • My cousin, who is a librarian, suggests:
    – a catalogue of librarians
    – a classification of librarians
    – a cutter of librarians
    – a press of librarians
    – a trove of librarians
    – an index of librarians

    Her husband, inspired by a word for a quiet gathering, adds:
    – a vigil of librarians

    My suggestion was a bunsshhh of librarians, intending to be “bunch” mispronounced by someone used to shushing people all day long, but nobody seemed to get the joke.

  • A neighbor of mine who is a school librarian here at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District wrote a wonderful letter to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner yesterday after hearing this question being talked about on “A Way With Words”


    A force of librarians. I like it. If you do too, feel free to pass that link along to your friends, post it on social media, and spread that word around.

    A force of librarians, a force for good, an irresistible force, a force to be reckoned with.

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