Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Thank You

I just wanted to once again thank everyone who has taken the time to e-mail me regarding my article. The piece certainly seems to have produced an impact, as evidenced by the Chronicle's own discussion forum. Reaction there is mixed, but certainly entertaining.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Valerie said...

I just wanted to thank you for your article. Your insights are right on the money. As a library student and library worker, I've often been harrassed about my political beliefs. They really just assume that everyone is liberal. I came across your article because it was posted on the library school's electronic mailing list. I'm sorry but not surprised to say that reaction was bad. I just wanted to say thank you to you. I really was beginning to believe that that I was the only nonliberal librarian.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Thank you, David for publishing your thoughts on ALA and librarianship. I found your article right on the proverbial money.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Bill Haberl said...

David, Thanks for getting the message out there so that we can see that we are not alone. I am fortunate enough to work with TWO conservative librarians, and THREE other library workers who have turned out to be conservatives as well. Your article reminded me how lucky I genuine am to work here.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Akaky said...

Dave, a great article and something that needed to be said. I left ALA because of their stand on the independent Cuban libraries; it's sad to see that things at ALA have gotten worse instead of better.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Kyle said...

David, thank you for your article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. I am glad that someone has finally pointed out ALA's political extremism in a popular publication. I also entered library school in 1997. In my case I haven't been an ALA member since leaving grad school in 1999, mostly because of budgetary restraints but more so now because of their political stances. The main thing that bothers me about many in my profession that there is an automatic assumption that I share all of the opinions they do. I will give you an example: when I attended the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG)Conference this summer, someone in the audience stated why are "they" so angry (meaning the "right"). A statement like this is an exclusivist statement. When did neutrality make the shift to extremist idology? I personally feel embarrased by many of the stances taken by ALA.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most positive aspect of the Chronicle discussion was the idea of forming an Association of American Librarians group. Chronicle readers are likely aware that dissatisfied historians started an alternative group to the AHA- I believe its doing quite well now.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

The responses on the forum were really amazing. Thanks for reminding us to check. And also, I agree with the guy who commented about MLA. Good organization, and I don't recall any national political hoop-la when I was a member (also has an excellent journal), just the usual generic stuff that goes on in an organization.

4:11 PM  

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