Friday, August 14, 2015

Committe (for Committee, Committees)

Imagine, if you will, that you are serving on a hiring committee at your library. It’s an important position you’re filling—a department head or maybe the dean/director, someone who will be the library's public face on your campus and in your community.  Now visualize a meeting of the committee with this prospective leader.  Perhaps the interview has even gone perfectly up to this point—the candidate has answered every question spot-on. Then suddenly you hear him or her say:

"I do whine because I want to win and I'm not happy about not winning and I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win."

So would you hire that candidate? Yet that’s exactly what one of the presidential hopefuls told a CNN reporter earlier this week. Yes, a contender for the most important political office in this country.  You may very well scratch your head as you go about correcting today’s typo in your library catalog. The highest-probability Committe appears in 367 OhioLINK entries and  8,774 WorldCat records (more if not limited to English-language results).

(Robert's Rules of Order, a procedural guide used by many committees.  Image from Wikimedia Commons)

Deb Kulczak

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