On reading Marcus’s post, Librarian Stickiness Revisited, I was struck with how interesting professional interrelationships are. Marcus and Theodora (both bloggers, both health sciences librarians, and both connected to the post in question) both spent a second NLM Associate Fellowship year at Georgetown while I was there. Fellow blogger Scott and I are connected through AAHSL, and through the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, in which we were both mentors – Scott to one of my colleagues here at Michigan. I met another colleague, now also an AAHSL director, at an earlier time in her career at the wedding of one of my colleagues at Georgetown. I’ve followed many other interpersonal threads around in circles, meeting friends, colleagues, coworkers in changing roles and changing combinations. In a way, it’s like Cheers. While you only interact in a limited sphere of professional activities, it’s still a place in your life where everyone knows your name, and that’s a home-away-from-home for a little while. If you have to work, you might as well work with your friends.

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