Over the next few weeks we will be unveiling a new website with new resources and more information. Our connections with social media will be better integrated and coordinated. The blog will also have a new look and distribution.
However, the content and tone of the blog will be largely unchanged. A few months ago I was admonished for being too negative (“we need positive reinforcement from our leaders!”) and recently for undermining my message with my “tone”. On the other hand, I receive several messages each week thanking me for my posting and offering an elegant version of “duh” or specific examples. Sadly, however, rarely is the author willing to post to the comments section of the blog itself for fear of public rebuke or added commentary.
Personally, my “tone” has been subject to scrutiny from an early age (Mom to Ken: “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.”) and I seem unable or unwilling to change, in spite of my acknowledgement of the occasional problem. It has not interfered with development of a wide circle of friends. Professionally, I seem not to have suffered from believing that everyone is entitled to my opinion, regardless of how it is dressed up, or down. I personally find it quite sad that as a profession we seem unable to put issues on the table for debate without attacking the presenter for his or her audacity or tone.
I am a cheerleader for libraries and librarians. Strip away your perceptions of my tone and consider my message. There are many others who will make you feel good. My role is as that of a critical friend who believes that we can always do better.
Consider posting your own response. The new blog design will make this easier.
Here is to an interesting and exciting 2013!