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John J. Burke, MSLS

Library Director & Principal Librarian
Gardner-Harvey Library
Miami University Middletown
4200 N. University Blvd.
Middletown, OH 45042
burkejj@miamioh.edu
(513) 727-3293

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."

Samuel Johnson

"Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."

Philo of Alexandria

"For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength."

I Corinthians 1:25

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A word I invented long ago with Bart Hollingsworth:

Librarianate
v. 1. To act in a manner that the general populace would characterize as "being a librarian" (i.e. cataloging socks, feeling compelled to answer any and all questions raised in conversation). 2. To excel in the work of a librarian for a momentary or prolonged time period ("Rita was really librarianating today!" or "Simply put, Ms. Nelson librarianates more than anyone else in the department.")
n. The massed collection of librarians in a locality or within a political boundary ("This letter is addressed to the librarianate of Sioux Falls, Idaho" or within the populace at large ("Who is better equipped to respond to the crisis of fake news sources than the librarianate?")

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