If you weren’t at MLA in Seattle this year then you missed hearing some great speakers, one of which was Mark Funk and his Janet Doe Lecture. If you paid for MLA e-conference package you can catch the other speakers from MLA’s online meeting content site. But you can also catch Mark’s phenomenal lecture at https://vimeo.com/45367116
In preparation for the Doe Lecture, Mark chose to analyze word usage from the content in the MLA Bulletin from 1960-2010. The words we chose while writing in the Bulletin tell a story of medical librarianship through the years. Mark spend 225 hours analyzing the words came up with 4 basic categories: Environment, Management, Technology, and Research. It was very interesting as well humorous. By looking at the word usage you can see how trends have come and gone and how some things like Reference has consistently stayed on our minds through the years.
Personally, it is a freaking great lecture.