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Monday, January 7, 2013

Looks like my last blog post started up a firestorm! (It also provoked some rational discussion as well, so I want to thank those of you who participated in that for your comments and support.) 

I don't want to turn this into a flame war, and I don't want to keep beating a dead horse, so I'm just going to post here what I said on Twitter regarding certain opinion piece posted by a certain anonymous blogger (who, sadly, seems to have missed the point of my original post).  

The fact that "Annoyed Librarian" disagrees with my blog post make me more confident that I was correct in writing it.

I don't think I'll respond to AL [on the LJ site] b/c 1) I've said what I have to say in my post and my comments (which I don't think AL bothered to read)...

...and also, comments there have to be "approved," which I think is a cop-out. So if anyone wants to discuss it with me, I'm always here.

I do want to say that I think I'm a pretty good librarian & dedicated to the profession. People who know me in real life can attest to that.

And if I've struck a nerve, maybe it's because that nerve needed to be struck.

I do find it strange and sad that librarians turn on each other so quickly instead of defending each other. But, onward and upward.                 

IN CONCLUSION: I stand by what I originally said, and I'm sorry it's being misunderstood and/or misappropriated. (1/2)        

It was a defense of librarians in the face of misinformation, NOT a random list of complaints (nor a comparison to other jobs). THE END. 2/2         

So let's stop all the in-fighting and just do our jobs, okay?





  1. Well done. I am inspired by your honesty and by your commitment to advocacy. Thank you for being a good librarian and a true professional in the face of criticism.

  2. Thank you so much. I really appreciate that.

  3. I agree with you. It seems that people in this argument are equating stress levels with the inherent value of a particular profession. As a librarian, I experience stress in my workplace, but it's largely because I care about what I do, and I think that libraries & librarians are vital to our communities.

  4. I thought your blog post was very good actually - can't understand why people would disagree with you, but hey I guess we are on the internet after all...

    1. Ha, thanks. Perhaps they were disagreeing simply to disagree. We'll never know. :)

  5. I wanted to say thanks for writing what you did. My director forwarded it to all of us. There will always be dissenters, but I, too, am always shocked with how quickly librarians will turn on each other, and with how vicious some of them are. But I suppose that must be true for most professions. At any rate, I appreciated what you wrote and enjoyed the snarky humor this morning. I needed that. Keep doing what you do.