In thinking about names within the library world, Shakespeare’s famous line has always frustrated me. A rose still smells as sweet if called something else. Sure, but if you call it something else, I probably won’t be able to ever find it elsewhere, sow it, grow it, enjoy it …
When it comes to names and the work libraries do, I prefer these two quotes:
“Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes
“You’re not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi.” —Humphrey Bogart
In a research environment, we need ways to reference people and organizations by unique “names”—identifiers—that are persistent, and actionable. And in some cases, that can mean the difference between getting funded or not.