Friday, June 22, 2012

Hashtags, Air

Librarians should pepper their face-to-face conversations with air hashtags (similar to air quotes) to simulate discourse in the online environment. Because the American Library Association has been completely silent -- hashtag FAIL -- on developing a standardized air hashtag for professional library discourse, individual librarians are left to choose between the static hand sign and slightly more dramatic hand gesture. Until the ALA makes a recommendation, librarians should choose one air hashtag method and use it consistently. Doing otherwise will make your library colleagues think you are uncivilized.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

NPH will always win.

Bryce said...

I just say "hashtag" before what the hashtag is. As in "hashtag librarian problems."

Anonymous said...

Seriously ???

Anonymous said...

#omg

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Anonymous said...

Just FYI - The static version is what we signers use.

Lauren said...

Perhaps librarians should have a hashtag symbol attached to a popsicle stick for just such occasions. The more important question is whether American Sign Language has an official gesture for hashtags and is it nerdy to use it or just spell the word hashtag?