Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Buzzword Bingo (conference edition), Revisiting

To keep your mind sharp while sitting through professional conference presentations, adapt your homegrown library buzzword bingo game for recurring buzzwords dropped at the conference. Some real-life examples:
  • embedded librarians (... as in embedded in BlackBoard, WebCT, etc.)
  • wikis (bonus points for instructional uses for wikis)
  • blogs (bonus points for instructional uses for blogs)
  • 24/7 reference / e-reference
  • co-browsing
  • meta-search
  • librarians as advocates

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

how 'bout a librarian version of the Presidential drinking game? It would make conferences a lot more fun! Especially Gorman speeches!

Anonymous said...

The new library buzzword that's killing me is "content," as in "We need to add more content to this database." I think it just means "stuff."

Rose said...

Let us not forget "Library 2.0" - although that could probably be the freebie in the center.

miriam said...

Yes!

cnb said...

What do you do when a good friend goes to the "dark side", as it were, and starts to use these offensive, over-used phrases in everyday conversation as if they really mean something? Do you excuse yourself politely or just whack 'em over the head with something sharp?

cute girl over there said...

Ha! Caught ya! sort of. You must be at the same conference I am. Raise your hand and wave.... now.

Lisa said...

CNB, just kick him in the shins!

MARACimore said...

A related game is tracking who has the most outdated words in their technology vocabulary. My recent favorite from last month was the department head who talked about digitalizing books so that users could find them on the Information Superhighway.

Idun said...

I'm tempted to make bingo cards for our next meeting!! Maybe that will help the time pass and keep us all alert.

Anonymous said...

The buzz-term that I recently heard was, “drill down” – when referring to searching. It was confusing because no one applied the term the same way. One librarian stopped to ask, “That’s the right term, right?” I am still not sure because there was a collective, “Hmmm,” and the discussion carried on.

Regina said...

my current least favorites? "metrics", as in "we need to set up some metrics to evaluate that program"; "offline", as in "we can take this situation offline and deal with it after the meeting"; and anything thought of "out of the box."

Anonymous said...

Ooooh! My skin-crawling favorite du jour: Long tail!