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Friday, February 25, 2005

 
Michael Gorman, who is president-elect of the American Library Association has written a piece for Library Journal entitled Revenge of the Blog People! All in all, it's a rather sad little piece, full of his own preconceptions and prejudices from his opening (very poor, bitter and inaccurate) definition of a blog through to his last confused paragraph.

Mr Gorman has some interesting points to make about blogs and the role they play, but they are difficult to pick out from the rest of the diatribe. He also has much to say about Google, and aims a lot of criticisms at it - mainly along the lines that the information it returns is 'random bits of information'. I'd be very interested to see the kind of searches that he's done that lead him to this conclusion, and I'm willing to bet that they're pretty poor. A well constructed search, with an intelligent use of syntax will almost always give good results, as any good information professional can attest. Clearly however this ability is beyond him.

Astonishingly, the ALA is going to make him President! I can only assume that it's because he has hidden depths, since the only ability I can see from his sad little diatribe is the ability not to see what is right under his nose.
Comments:
Dear Phil,

While I agree with you about Michael's diatribe (good word for it) I do have to say he's written some good books about librarianship. I found Our Enduring Values inspirational. What is so sad is that with his recent attacks on Google and Blogging, he's behaving like the Norman Mailer of librarianship. Too bad.
 
Dear Phil,

While I agree with you about Michael's diatribe (good word for it) I do have to say he's written some good books about librarianship. I found Our Enduring Values inspirational. What is so sad is that with his recent attacks on Google and Blogging, he's behaving like the Norman Mailer of librarianship. Too bad.
 
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