Friday, September 30, 2005

The Chronicle Forum

If you haven't read the Chronicle forum on my article, you should, because it's certainly entertaining if nothing else. The thoroughly unhinged comments of Communist Party USA archivist Mark Rosenzweig and other radical leftists provide a far better illustration of why I had to write the article than anything I can say.

To those liberals such as John Berry who have defended my right to speak, you have my gratitude. As for Rosenzweig and company, know simply that I don't give a damn what you say about me. For five years I was silent while you sought to hijack this profession in pursuit of your own far left agenda. No longer. If the price of speaking my mind is to be subjected to the infantile taunts of an aging Stalinist, then so be it. It's nothing I can't handle.


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Anonymous T Scott said...

I'm as leftwing as they come, and I applaud your Chronicle article and share much of your frustration. With tongue only slightly in cheek I'll suggest that you consider switching to medical librarianship. We're no less liberal as a group, I'm afraid (and my conservative deputy director sometimes finds herself in the same sort of uncomfortable situations that you describe, where there's a lot of Bush-bashing going on in the conversation on the assumption that everyone shares the same point of view), but our organizations, the Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, have pretty well avoided the kind of politicization that you identify in ALA. Our legislative agenda is focused on support for NLM and health libraries generally and our speakers at national and regional conferences are chosen for their ability to speak to issues that are at the core of our mission as information professionals. On my personal blog I feel free to express my political views, but in my professional role I take my responsibility to respect all points of view very seriously.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My political leanings, are probably closer to the mainstream in our profession but I want to thank you for your insightful article. The debate on thiese issues has not become as politically charged yet here in Canada.

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Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I appreciated your Chronicle article. I live in a fairly conservative area (Kansas) and still manage to work with very liberal librarians. I have to laugh at half the listserv posts on politics because otherwise I would cry.

Thank you.

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I am liberal, and would therefore probably disagree with you on most issues, but one point on which I am inclined to agree is your characterization of Mark Rosenzweig. I have been attacked by him on many occasions primarily because of my support for the right of people to establish their own libraries in Cuba.

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