to blog, or not to…

“A blog is a species of interactive electronic diary by means of which the unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can communicate their thoughts via the web. (Though it sounds like something you would find stuck in a drain, the ugly neologism ‘blog’ is a contraction of ‘web log.’)”
–Michael Gorman, former American Library Association president, on his preference for print and libraries over 24/7 web information.

Since he wrote this in 2005, blogs have become even more ubiquitous, and many are thoughtful and quite good (this one, for instance). As an old-school librarian in the 21st century-era of computerization and budget cuts, I have learned to work with what we have. Many libraries are so busy with daily demands that there’s too little time to think about what they do, much less write thoughtfully and stylishly about it. Michael Gorman is an exception, and a blunt curmudgeonly one at that. Isn’t it refreshing to read his vivid, passionate thoughts–even if you don’t agree with him?

If it’s the end of the school year for you, get yourself to the library and study! or take a break and browse.


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