3.03.2005

Libraries Really Do Matter - In Any Form

There has been much afoot in the library world lately, and I have entirely too many things still "marked as new" in Bloglines, with the thought that..."yeah...I wanted to comment on that..."

So let's see what's got me (and the library blog world) all atwitter....

I must admit, I haven't really been a big fan of the brightly colored bracelet thingies that are all the rage, but for the one that I really wanted to buy but has been perpetually sold out.

(You knew it was going to be a racing thang, didn't you?)

Today, I found another that I think is just a great marketing tool from a consortium of libraries in Illinois. Libraries Matter bracelets just might be the next hot thing. Let's hope so.

Dear, oh dear, I don't even know where to start with GormanGate. I read the article in Library Journal the same day it broke into RSS feeds 'round the world. Michael Gorman, an intelligent and respected library director, who also happens to be the president of the American Library Association (the big dog association for the library profession), wrote an opinion piece about "Blog People". It was, shall we say, short sighted and less than flattering. My favorite sentence:

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.

So. Anyone who blogs is a bonehead, when this paragraph is stripped down to its bare bones.

I would never advocate to the entire organization I represent that if you blog, you in (picture Heidi Klum saying this), and if you don't blog, you out. (Auf Wiedersehen.)

If you work reference, you in. If you work technical services, you out. If you only read fiction, you in. If you only read biographes, you out.

This could be fun.

Here's the thing. By finding all these different blogs by different librarians in totally different aspects of our profession, but finding blogs that post nothing but library news, by finding blogs that link to exciting and interesting websites for free information...I am better informed about the trends and news of the library world than I ever was in school. I don't feel lost when I go to conferences and hear all these stories and trends discussed. I like knowing what's coming down the pike in technology and library trends, so that I can pass that on to my director, and so that I can craft opinions that are informed, and thus I can then put my own library directly in the path of progress.

How can any of that be bad? How can using technology to its fullest to share information be anything but good?

Let's try and remember the basic credo of our profession: free and open access to information, no.matter.what.

How you receive that information..well, that's up to you.

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