Liminality, the state of being “in between,” is inherently unsettling, yet full of possibility. Liminal librarians are on the threshold, mindful of their in-betweenness, taking issue with absolutes, and excited about what the future may hold.

Rachel Singer Gordon is webmaster, LISjobs.com and consulting editor, ITI Books. More about me.


  1. Call for Papers: Infor Career Trends « [ArLiSNAP]:

    [...] relevant to students and new professionals. Why not think about writing for Info Career Trends? Rachel Singer Gordon of LISjobs.com is currently seeking queries for the May 2008 issue, for which the theme is “Show [...]

  2. Rachel DuBois:

    Hi Rachel (nice name),
    I came across your blog today because a friend of mine asked me a few days ago what my superhero name would be. I spent days thinking about this, how much I love to not only read, but research and help other people find stuff out. And then I’ve been going through a massive transition in terms of what I want to do in life and identity, which is where I first came across the term “liminal”. So lo, I came up with my superhero name as “The Liminal Librarian”. It was such a good name I did a Google search and there you were! Even weirder that we have the same first name and are/were web designers. I am not, however, a real librarian.

    Anyway, best of luck with your blog and book and other projects and just wanted to say hello from a fellow LL.

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