Back in ALA Presidency 1.0 days, whenever they were, I couldn't say what the purpose of the ALA President was. Posing for all those stupid pictures in American Libraries, I guess.
But these days, when we have entered the era of the ALA Presidency 2.0, I can tell you precisely the purpose of the ALA President 2.0--to provide blog fodder for the Annoyed Librarian!
ALA President 2.0 Leslie Burger posted on her blog claiming that great quote I noted last week about libraries no longer buying things that were good for people was taken "out of context."
I have no reason to disbelieve her. To tell you the truth, I suspected that all along, because I know how these things work. Reporters want pithy quotes. I learned that in my days as a cub reporter for the old New York Herald. In fact, the Annoyed Librarian was quoted out of context once, and people died! So I realize this is an important issue. But I don't care! Leslie Burger, I don't care if you were quoted out of context! What matters is that we bibliotek bloggers need something juicy to blog about, and it is your duty as the ALA President 2.0 to provide the juicy stuff for us! Your predecessor was a goldmine of blog fodder, and I expect no less of you. You will probably never top the inane brilliance of "Revenge of the Blog People," but darn it, you can try!
Burger concludes: "Lesson learned -- don't talk to a reporter about an issue like this 20 minutes before a board meeting!"
To which I can only reply--no, please, that's exactly when you should talk to reporters! After all, I need something to blog about, and some of my readers (you know who you are!) are growing weary of sly allusions to my shoe fetish.