more on Gorman

Can you remember the last time anything a librarian wrote was in the Daypop Top 40? I think I’ll leave Rochelle’s words on the subject as the last thing I’m also thinking about all of this.

if Gorman were not the President-Elect of a major professional organization, I’d not be as het up. I’ve read more concentrated bad-mouthing about libraries, librarians and the ALA the past two days, than I’ve ever seen, and that’s not A-OK. I’m trying to put a positive spin on it and think of it as a growing pain within the profession. We’re long overdue for a growth spurt.
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“blog people” respond

I’ve read a few really good responses to Michael Gorman’s blog people article that are worth sharing. Michael Stephens, Kevin Smith, Jason Griffey and Steven Cohen have written lengthy responses on their blogs. I hear all the hot action is going on on Web4Lib where Blake from LISNews chimes in with some perspective, as does Roy Tennant. This reposting from a Slashdot discussion made me laugh, as did this one.

Gorman obviously has a lot to say. If only there were some tool available to him that would facilitate his putting it online, perhaps with a way for those interested in it to receive a notification when something new was available, and to respond with lively, rough-and-tumble comments…

blog people say “ugh” to Michael Gorman

I read about this at about the same time I saw it in my RSS reader. Incoming ALA President Michael Gorman wrote an LJ opinion piece coming down hard on blogs and bloggers, quite possibly in response to some hassling he’s been getting from some of of the conservative bloggers. I read about it on the Council list, and then Anna’s blog, and then Karen’s. There were some heated responses on the list, and Gorman’s response that he was being satirical doesn’t really ring true to me. I supported Gorman’s ALA presidency last year and have always considered him an political ally and something of a comrade. Seeing him lash out — whether in jest or for real — in a way that makes him sound like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about disturbs and concerns me. Though the concern is more in a “will ALA ever get a clue?” way than in any “what will the fallout from this be?” way. Ugh, just ugh.