Why You Should Proofread

Oh, now this is embarassing. I was reviewing my schedule for tomorrow and going through all the promotional stuff that was in my SLA conference bag. There was a nice little brochure in the bag from LexisNexis about what they’re sponsoring. Tomorrow at 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., it’s "Everybody FUMSI!" in rooms 705-707. FUMSI stands for Find, Use, Manage & Share Information (but you probably knew that).

What’s embarassing is that LN misspelled both the name of the Guest Speaker — it’s Robin Neidorf (not Deidorf) — and her affiliation (it’s Free Pint not Free Print and the brochure gets it wrong twice). Then there’s the grammar of this sentence: "Participant will come away with a FUMSI audit tool to help them map their skills and organization needs." Every good proofreader and copy editor knows that it should be plural  — participants — unless LN really thinks only one person will show up.

Marydee Ojala

Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals, www.onlinemag.net



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