Silence Is Golden

Scott McLemee at Inside Higher Ed has an interesting article entitled “Silence in the Stacks” in which he discusses the lack of true blogging academic librarians. He had some tough criteria. He wanted an academic librarian who wrote only about librarianship and who thoroughly discussed the important topics facing us today. McLemee’s example was the crisis in scholarly publishing. Though I agree that there is not really a blog above the rest that lingers only on the in depth and scholarly, that should not be the defining aspect of an academic librarian’s blog.

I am an academic librarian. I choose not to write under my real name so that nothing can ever be held against me in a court of law. Seriously. In actuality, I just like how Jane goes with the title of my blog because I am an English Lit nerd. McLemee was looking for a librarian that is tackling all the big things facing us and I respect that, but we are all more then librarians. Thus, you will find that many librarian blogs contain more than just things about our jobs, our professions, and the world of academia. Maybe we do need a blog just about librarianship and nothing else. Maybe we need someone who can be passionate day after day about scholarly publishing (not me) or the tech readiness of out libraries as we strive to serve a tech generation (I might tackles that).

For now, I am happy reading about the personal and the profession all mixed into one. Besides, I think you would all be sad if you could not hear me go on and on about Joss Whedon every couple of days. (notice how I worked it into a completely unrelated post)

–Jane, coffee, nectar of the gods

2 thoughts on “Silence Is Golden

  • June 10, 2005 at 11:55 am

    I saw the thing about the need for an academic librarian blogger. I thought that was kind of what people like you, me and a few hundred others did. I did leave my comment over there, but I think for what the person wants, it may be something too specialized. I work at a small academic library where I have to be a generalist. While I certainly have an interest in things like the journals crisis, I certainly don’t eat, drink, and breathe it enough to write about it regularly. If I recall, the poster linked to another article that made a suggestion to make a collaborative blog where various academic librarians would contribute, thus lessen the load and pressure of regularly producing some high quality intriguing, reflective, insightful posts. While I would not mind contributing if my time allowed, I am certainly nowhere in the league of what the poster may want. Anyways, I wonder how far this idea will get.

  • June 11, 2005 at 8:39 am

    As I was reading the article I was thinking, “A blog just about scholarly subjects in well written prose every day? Exhausting!”

    Seriously, I like a little humor with my bite. I have a degree in English and therefore want to learn and be entertained!

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