April 01, 2005

Michael Gorman (ALA president-elect) taken down by "Blog People"

Library Journal, April 1 2005:

Michael Gorman, president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA), has stepped down just months before assuming office. "It was the blog people, they did it," said RLG 's Walt Crawford, a friend and co-author (Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness & Reality; ALA, 1995). "They made Mike's life a living hell," Crawford said in reference to the outcry following the publication of Gorman's essay "The Revenge of the Blog People."

... The blog world was buzzing with the rumor that ALA councilor and blogger Karen Schneider would be asked to step in as interim president and inaugurate a "wholly virtual" ALA. ...

Just like the blog-take down of Dan Rather, the strength of the blogolution has been shown. Fear the power of many. It's a New Era.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in cyberblather | on April 01, 2005 01:35 PM (Infothought permalink)
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It wasn't 100% obvious from the text of the article, but looking at http://www.libraryjournal.com/index.asp?layout=frontpage makes it clear that this is an April Fools joke. "RFID Implants, The New Library Card", "Reference Desk Installs Tip Bucket", and "Bar Opens in Library, Circulation Triples" are some of the other stories.

Posted by: Cypherpunk at April 1, 2005 02:35 PM

I thought if the text wasn't enough, the links should be (as well as my commentary ...).

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at April 1, 2005 02:38 PM