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Dunneback’s Two Rules of RA

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Earlier today, I saw some tweets. A good friend was trying to clarify the meaning of parameters that had been set for a discussion of “what’s the best X book”. Let’s just say the person’s responses were not the best. Especially as the person purports to be a librarian. I get wanting to be snarky and flippant. I certainly can be. But when you’re trying to have a discussion about books and start by saying (my paraphrasing here) “but you can’t include Y title AND THE LIKE because it’s shit” and then compound it by refusing to clarify what you mean by “and the like”, well, you lost me. And if you recognize this little exchange as being you, seriously rethink your role in this profession and discussing books. You pissed off a lot of readers, many of whom don’t think that book is the best example of X either.

Anyway, for those not on Twitter, and since Storify is going away, I’m copying and pasting my tweets into bullet form here:

Later, I had a couple of requests to make this a t-shirt. So, get your “Dunneback’s Two Rules of RA” shirt at Zazzle! I do make a few bucks off of each sale.

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