Exciting stuff afoot at the ALA, as always. Check out the new ALA MemblerBog! It's HOT! Well, it isn't really, but I get this tingly sensation whenever anything's written in all caps and exclamation points, and I would like you to be able to share my tingling sensations. (And no wisecracks!) Or should I say, NO WISECRACKS!!!
Here's the raison d'etre of the Memblerbog:
"Members of the American Library Association are change-agents within their communities. From public to academic to school to research and special libraries, ALA members have an immediate, dynamic impact on the quality of life in a community; on successful student learning outcomes; on the sustainability of critical engagements with the past and the extending access to tools for charting a new future; and on the usefulness of work/life in every field of human endeavor. And this blog would like to show them off."
Boy, these ALA members sure are impressive, aren't they. Yes, those are the same ALA members you see around you at work. They're impressive. Really. Just ask the Memblerbog.
Let's examine this a little more closely, though. "Change-agents within their communities." Are you a change-agent within your community, or are you like me and want to slap anyone who uses the phrase "change agent"? I feel the same way about "proactive," since I still can't tell the difference between that and just "active." I guess it's like "prepackaged" instead of packaged--means the same thing, but has that extra syllable to impress the illiterates. But I digress.
"From public to academic to school to research and special libraries, ALA members have an immediate, dynamic impact on the quality of life in a community...." Do they really? Do you have an immediate and dynamic effect on the quality of life in your community? People who yammer on about change agents certainly immediately and dynamically affect my quality of life. They lower it considerably, immediately, and dynamically.
But at least this isn't as pretentious as claiming to have an "immediate and dynamic effect" on "the usefulness of work/life in every field of human endeavor. " The usefulness of life in every field of human endeavor? My goodness, we're full of ourselves today, aren't we. Does anyone really believe this? I'm not even sure what this means. More marketing gibberish as far as I can tell. It's more impressive than "it sure beats Walmart," but this has got to be some of the most pompous gobbledygook about librarians I've seen for a while. In future, please don't take yourself so seriously, because nobody else does.
And what sort of exciting and change-agenting dynamic immediacy has been posted so far? Let's see, there's a call for ALA committee volunteers. There's nothing more dynamic and exciting than an ALA committee meeting, that's for sure. There's an announcement about a "Joint Conference of Librarians of Color," where you can get reeducated about "diversity" issues. An editor's note says this will be an "extra-ordinary conference - well worth it for both library staff of color as well as those serving diverse or emerging communities." Sure it will be, as if there's ever been an interesting idea come out of the "diversity" movement, I mean besides the idea that in the name of "diversity" we all have to think exactly alike. And then there's "Travel Awards for Annual 2007." Very exciting, dynamic, and change-agenting stuff, that. And then there's a call for proposals for PLA 2008. Woo-hoo! All I can say is, THEY'VE GOT IT GOING ON!
How exactly does any of this showcase how dynamic and immediate all those extraordinary and dynamic ALA members are? It looks like the same boring stuff that normally pops up on listservs. Maybe my standards are too high, though.
Thank goodness it's Friday. My martini beckons.