Thursday, March 03, 2005

And We Librarians Wonder How We Get Our Reputation

Because we elect bugeyed twits like Michael Gorman to head the ALA. From Library Journal:
It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote. Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs. In that case, their rejection of my view is quite understandable.

At least two of the blog excerpts sent to me (each written under pseudonyms) come from self-proclaimed "conservatives," which I find odd because many of the others come from people who call me a Luddite and are, presumably, technology-obsessed progressives. The Luddite label is because my mild remarks have been portrayed as those of someone worried about the job security of librarians (I am not) rather than one who has a different point of view on the usefulness of this latest expression of Google hubris and vast expenditure of money involved.
It's good to See President-Elect Gorman knows his audience. Perhaps this librarian/blog person will give him a few cents worth of information when I see him at the next ALA conference. Really, is it too much to ask of my fellow librarians to find someone with half a brain to run the only professional library organization with any credibility? I'd do it myself but I'm just a novice who has yet to endure the all-important "Google or Card catalog" Death by a Thousand Papercuts initiation.

George at It's All Good puts things in perspective for Abbot Gorman. Blame Micheal Schaub at Bookslut for the links.


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