I am not kidding. Oh, where do I start with this one? Physically, the book is in perfect shape. That’s probably because no one ever checked it out. (There’s a big surprise.) The illustrations are just awful and so dated. I am quite certain the information is probably okay (has the world of Robert’s Rules changed very much?), but the text is pretty dense and I can’t remember ever attending a meeting (especially as a kid) that embraced committees, sub-committees, by-laws, etc as in-depth as this book suggests. In fact if any club in my school had operated as fanatically as this book , I would have immediately dropped the club and moved on to something else.
One of the truisms about library service is that one has to attend a LOT of bad meetings. (Is “Bad Meetings” redundant?) Both Holly and I have stories that would curl your hair or make you cringe for the library profession as I am sure all of you do as well. I also have a working theory that the greater number of librarians involved, the more awful the meeting. By all means share your stories in the comments. I would love to hear that I am not alone.
In a meeting,