On my first job, some 30 years ago, I did not have to wear my ID tag, but I wanted to wear something that will identify me. So I ordered a small plastic pin from a Nursing journal ad, that identified me by name and my MLS degree. No one objected. Here too, the ruling is to wear the official hospital ID at all times, but now at least it does identify me as "director, Webster Library", and my staff also has an identifying line of "Librarian" or "coordinator". And sorry, Joy, I do not like the white (or Gray) coat model - volunteers here wear Maroon - everybody wears something - and if you wear a white coat, will your Technical person wear one too? - so what's the advantage?. The only solution is a Certificate of sorts that will bring recognition by Hospital Administrators. JCAHO, etc. possibly on a state level, at least for hospitals. It is an old idea that got rejected, don't remember why. (AHIMA solved it, but their role is "legal" even if confusion sometimes rains supreme as to who is a Librarian - but of what - the "Medical Records Librarian "counts" and HAS to be there - the "other" - us - can be done without). But attaining a "legal" status is getting harder and harder, esp. with the proliferation of the net, and we might regret the process since it will involve meeting strict regulations and tests and CE etc.. An official certification will provide "teeth" that the AHIP never had, does not have, and might not ever have. And it will maybe solve the Medical Librarian dilemma, but not the general one of the "librarian that was shelving books and did not know anything" syndrome, which is a public and Academic library problem. This "recognition" business is a frustration that we all face, and talk about, and write about, and learn about (it was a topic at the GSLIS school I attended over 30 years ago), and there STILL no solution in sight. Dalia Kleinmuntz, M.L.S. Director of Webster Library & ENH Library Resources Evanston Hospital, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare 847-570-2664 (voice) 847-570-2926 (fax) [log in to unmask] [log in to unmask] (personal) Opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of ENH.