Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Groups, Labeling your

A work group is not the same thing as a task force, and a task force is not a committee. Is your department really just an office? Are you a member of a unit or a team? Is your subcommittee really ad hoc?

Confused? Well maybe you need an ad hoc Labeling Task Force to clear things up. Ah, the beauty of controlled vocabulary.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

i recently completed service as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Library X's Standing Committees. we were the committee on committees and i hear that other ad hoc committees will be established to review the library's non-standing committees, task forces, working groups, teams, imaginary relationships, and on and on and on...

if i am really lucky i will find myself appointed to a couple of those ad hoc committees as well, which is scarily possible considering it isn't possible that the insitution has enough people for each of those committees.

Vampire Librarian said...

Anon, you scare me. Do I work with you?

I ask because there is such a committee within my system.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the obscure rule we have that allows every committee to form its own subcommittees. Because every subcommittee is also itself a committee, you can just imagine the recursively nested committees you can get this way.

tiny robot said...

Of all the committees out there, the Holiday Activities Committee is the WORST. Instead, it should be called the Initiative to Heard Cranky Cats in December.

unstricken said...

oh, I don't know if Holiday Activities is the worst committee. How about the committee to draft/revise the mission statement? That gets my vote!

Katya said...

I am of the opinion that the committee to revise the library's promotion and tenure document is the absolute worst committee ever.

Librarian Girl said...

I am on a committtee, a work group, a team and a forum. A small group of us meet regularly and have decided to call ourselves a salon.

Anonymous said...

If you want to waste time, have a meeting!