Employees of the Seattle Public Library have passed a resolution calling for President Bush to resign. That resolution will be introduced at the ALA Conference in New Orleans.
I'm wondering if these Seattle "librarians" have free access to psychological counseling services? I suggest they seek out such counseling at whatever price is necessary.
Who cares what these extreme left-wing people think of Bush or any other national political figure? And why are they so concerned about politics and not librarianship? What are these people doing in our profession? If they don't want to be librarians, then leave. Be social workers. Join the staff of politicians like Dennis Kucinish or organizations like the Communist Party of the USA.
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin wrote about "unhinged librarians" protesting against First Lady Laura Bush's appearance at the ALA Conference. She quotes ALA councilor-at-large Mark Rosenzweig, whose rant must be read to be believed.
These phony so-called "librarians" are damaging the library profession with their head-scratching antics that only serve to call attention to the general public across the nation that there is something seriously wrong with librarians.
Can you imagine if these people were as passionate about their profession as they are about politics? Can you imagine how much further along we and our users would be?
I've written before about "reluctant" librarians. They are here because no one else would take them. They are failures who desperately looked for jobs in libraries after all else failed, and unfortunately were successful. They found a home in the American Library Association, which is notable more for its promotion of partisan politics (hello Fahrenheit 9/11) than for librarianship.
Years ago when I was a library school student, the older librarians expressed strong disappointment with ALA for becoming involved with things unrelated to librarianship. Things have only gotten worse in the intervening years.
A good first step would be the closing down of the ALA "Social Responsibilities Round Table," a grotesque piece of furniture around which are seated the aforementioned Rosenzweig and others with similiar extremist views.
Librarians, such as those in Seattle, need to get back to librarianship, and ALA is supposed to set an example for that by cultivating political neutrality and librarianship above all else. Otherwise, they need to get out of here and make way for real librarians who have a passion about this profession and aren't so clueless as to pass resolutions that have nothing to do with libraries.
There are a lot of great students coming out of library schools these days. I've met some of them. It's a shame fake librarians are currently standing in their way.
tags: libraries, librarians, ala, american+library+association, michelle+malkin, seattle+public+library