Thursday, September 21, 2006

Wayne Wiegand's "Tunnel Vision..."

Wiegand's "Tunnel Vision and Blind Spots..." thoroughly resonated with my inner critic, yet I was most appreciative of the fact he, like me, does not appear to be devoid of hope; a motivated cynical idealist, perhaps? Although I think his argument that as librarians, we must both acknowledge and understand the past in order to head in the right directions is essentially a no brainer, it's probably fair to say that it's the "no-brainers" that people need most be reminded of. After all, even the most well-intentioned among us run the risk of serving thyself before others and/or catering to the powers-that-be as time rolls on. So such discussions are particularly poignant when we're all gung-ho and green students of the field. Hopefully, we'll be ones who wield the power in the not so exceptionally distant future; thus, it'll be up to us to retain the good and get rid of the rest.

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