I like satire. I think it can be funny. VERY funny. However, when one claims to have written a satirical piece in one sentence, and in the very same sentence claims to be “no fan of blogs” … then that person’s satire changes, in my mind at least, to a belief they really hold.
Translation? An empty apology.
The best sentence in the apology? “Rest assure (sic) that my views on “blogs” have nothing to do with my activities as ALA president-elect or president.”
Those views have EVERYTHING to do with Gorman’s activities! He has just, in essence, claimed to be backwards-thinking, technology illiterate, and biased towards new ideas.
Gorman certainly has a right to his viewpoints. But he also has a responsibility to learn about and embrace new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of serving libraries and their customers.
But all that aside – librarians, we can change this. Join ALA, serve on committees. Don’t just vote – make your voice heard! A backwards-thinking behemoth of an organization CAN change – but only if WE do our part towards creating that change.