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I ADMIT IT. I AM A CARD-CARRYING member of the American Library Association (ALA). The other day, though, while editing newsletter articles and automatically running each ALA URL through makeashorterlink.com, I started thinking--again--about our associations and the apparent difficulty some leaders have in accepting this is the 21st century.
The flap over ALA president-elect Michael Gorman's "Revenge of the Blog People!" attack on bloggers (LJ 2/15/05, p. 44) shows that our words have the power to extend beyond our immediate library community. His comments were picked up and derided in heavily trafficked general venues.
Glenn Reynolds summed it up best on InstaPundit (instapundit.com/archives/ 021380.php), writing, "Honestly, …