Send Me Your Most-Loathed Meaningless Library Pseudo-Business Jargon

I was quite pleased over the weekend by the spate of e-mails that came in in response to my Friday post (“The Most Annoying, Pretentious And Useless [Library] Jargon“). Messages came from far and wide, as far away as the UK and from as near as a few cubbies over from mine here in Widener. The response was so enthusiastic, in fact, that I’d like to invite you e-Views’ readers to send me any truly loathsome library jargon that’s been eating away at you. I’ll share it in an upcoming post (credited or anonymized, your call), and perhaps we can use the entries for an upcoming (virtual) game of Library Buzzword Bingo.

I’ll kick off with a loathsome phrase offered up by a colleague today: Thought Leaders. Let the games begin!

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Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.