weeding and noisy libraries, a community response

Simon Chamberlain’s VALIS blog points to a bunch of responses to the Wall Street Journal piece about what they see as aggressive weeding. He gives two nods to MetaFilter, one for the discussion about the WSJ thread [which I participated in] and one for a related thread in Ask MetaFilter asking when libraries started being so … noisy. One of my favorite things about these discussions is the interactions between librarians and non-librarians in a non-library setting. The other thing I like is that thanks to MetaFilter’s use of the XFN protocol I can link to every library worker I notice in these threads as a “colleague” and then keep track of their posts and comments. Look at all those librarians talking to each other, and to their once and future patrons.

3 thoughts on “weeding and noisy libraries, a community response

  1. I think that all us MeFi librarians should create some sort of an adhoc reference service to make sure there is always a “ref librarian” monitoring AskMeFi at all times. (Razzle Bathbone – MeFi badge # 3003)

  2. Not all the library staff on Metafilter are librarians. Some of us are support staff.

    But, I’ve kind of gotten used to being left out of anything that people with the Magical MLS do.

  3. I should get more careful about using library workers when I mean “anyone who works at a library” but I link to all the library workers on MeFi and I have no idea who has an MLS (in fact, I have an MLib myself, similar but different)

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