After reading Eris's post, I thought I'd post the reply I wrote to someone who sent me a good reply to my orginal post on the usage of our degrees. I'll include her orginal message with her name stripped out. -----Original Message----- To: Kevin Block <[log in to unmask]> Date: Thursday, July 11, 2002 9:41 AM Subject: RE: Chat: Another librarian ad Kevin, I see your point but I personally hate that alphabet soup stuff. I'm just hoping that the older docs see me as more than a secretary! The younger doc generation has (seems to anyway) much greater respect for the librarian than the over 55 attending crowd. whats your experience? __________________________ My response: I agree the younger docs do seem to have a better sense of our worth, but I think a lot that has to do with the increasingly technical nature of our job. I do know some people don't like to "show off" their degree, but other professions, particularly other health care professions, use theirs. Why must we be the exception. We get so little respect already, maybe if people realized that some extra effort goes into becoming a librarian we would get more respect. Maybe doctors and others wouldn't look on us as secretaries if they know we had Master's degrees. I believe part of the problem is ourselves, many librarians seem to have an aversion to self-promotion, and it must change if we are to improve our image, status, and salaries. Kevin Block said: "One simple thing more of us should do is use our degree (MLS, MS, MLIS) at the end of our names on our business correspondence and e-mail. I know it can be a little pretentious, but every one is always surprised when they find out you need a Master's degree to be a professional librarian."