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A Practical Writing Guide for Academic Librarians by Jonathan Wallace, Anne Langley

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5

Meetings and reports

These documents do one of two things – they talk about something that has already happened, or they describe something that you want to happen.

What you write may persuade your department or organization to change the way you and your colleagues work. The information you present, and how you present it, will help to determine the outcome.

Minutes

Audience: Colleagues, co-workers, managers, administrators.

Demographic or professional attributes: Will understand most specialized language and acronyms.

Objective: To record and share a meeting’s discussion or the proposed actions of a committee or work group.

Idiosyncrasies: Better to attach names to actions but not discussions, can be politically charged, can be formal or ...

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