Just because Meredith has taken up the AL's cause in the war over blogger anonymity or because the AL came in #1 on her library blog survey (even though no one actually voted for the AL) doesn't mean that she writes this blog.
Just consider the stylistic differences between our blogs. I write unusually long blog posts with lengthy paragraphs that are often satirical and sarcastic, which some people claim I can do because my real name isn't attached to them, whereas Meredith writes unusually long blog posts with lengthy paragraphs which are rarely satirical and sarcastic, because even though she might want to be sarcastic people know who she is and she has a career to think of. There's probably also no correlation between our blogging frequency, either, with my monthly number of posts high during months when hers are low and vice versa, though I couldn't check that without doing some research. On second thought, I don’t think you should bother doing that research. I’m sure there’s nothing interesting there. Oh, and she uses Wordpress, while I use Blogger. That's a huge difference right there.
Note as well our different accomplishments. As anyone who reads my profile will know, I'm possibly the most successful, respected, and desirable librarian of my generation. Meredith, on the other hand, has merely developed a high profile library blog, given myriad presentations, written a book, designed the popular Five Weeks to a Social Library course, put together the Library Success Wiki and several ALA conference wikis, become an American Libraries columnist, been asked to adjunct at a library school, and been named an LJ Mover and Shaker, all within three years of becoming a librarian. As you can see, these two profiles just don't match at all.
Finally, there’s just the enormous difference in tone and content. Meredith is cheery and upbeat most of the time, while the AL is pessimistic and critical. True, Meredith has occasionally been pessimistic and critical in the past, such as when she used to criticize the ALA, but that was a long time ago, before the AL came along to criticize the ALA. Sure, it's true that one of her criticisms involved the alleged librarian job shortage that the ALA is always promoting as just around the corner, but that was back before the AL came along to criticize the job shortage hoax. Now that the AL's around, Meredith doesn't have to write about that topic anymore. She can be cheery and upbeat and say nice things about the ALA and get to be a columnist for American Libraries. She wouldn't have been able to do that saying mean things about the ALA under her own name. And sure, it's true that Meredith argued that the ALA should "raise the accreditation standards for library schools" so that they were more rigorous, but that was back before the AL came along claiming library school was an intellectual joke and the ALA should raise the accreditation standards. Meredith doesn't have to write about stuff like that anymore now that the AL's around.
And Meredith writes about social software and library 2.0 and such, and it’s obvious that I’ve never even heard of most of those trendy things. Oh, and she never writes about public libraries. That’s definitely one topic we haven’t both written on. That’s because she’s an academic librarian. I guess I’m an academic librarian, too, but I probably don’t work at Norwich University in Vermont. Everyone knows I don’t like rural areas and that I prefer civilization, and if I don’t like rural areas I couldn’t very well live in one, now could I? No, I couldn’t.
These are just a few of the many obvious reasons why Meredith Farkas isn’t the Annoyed Librarian. There, I hope that has gone a long way to set the record straight.
And thanks for reading!