Since I missed class on Monday, I was going to write a post about the reading on Authority Control. However, I feel like we’ve already discussed that topic (Some are for, some against). In lieu of that, I wanted to share a blog that a family friend of mine (who is a librarian) sent me a few weeks ago:
A lot of the posts are interesting, but I particularly like the “How we killed the Public Library” Post.
Here’s a little excerpt:
“I read articles where some idiot laments the difficulty with using library resources, catalogs, databases. They want everything to be easier. But tools are not easy to use; you cut your finger on a kitchen knife or smash your thumb with a hammer, but no one stops cutting or hammering. We learn. If tools were easy, we would all fix our own cars. But no, professional mechanics fix your car. Some librarians want to dumb down the profession of librarianship! To what end? Why the fuck would you want to do that? So what if the catalog is difficult to use: teach people to use it. The people who learn will be smart and the other assholes will remain assholes; it’s that simple.”
I guess I should mention the blogger uses quite a bit of profanity, but I think that’s to be expected from someone who goes by the.effing.librarian. I’m curious to see what other people think.
Oh, and this is pretty accurate: