Three articles for thinking about tech
In some back-and-forth with Rick Anderson in the comments on my posting about him from March 14th, I recommended three articles from Progressive Librarian that I think illustrate how the Progressive Librarians Guild represents a counter-trend in opposition to what he has been up to. It occurs to me that those three articles also relate to the recent discussion of “Geeks versus Nerds” and the “techie mission” of library bloggers. I don’t want people to miss my point in these discussions. Regarding the geeks and nerds thing, some people have taken the specifics a little more seriously than I intended, questioning the details of the schema and questioning whether it’s appropriate to compare it to a military battle. My intention is just so try to show that there are competing approaches to librarianship presently operating. So I’d like to recommend the same three articles that I recommended to Rick Anderson to those who are interested in the whole “techie mission”/”geeks versus nerds” thing:
“Information Technology, Power Structures, and the Fate of Librarianship,” by John Buschman, PL #6/7
“The End of Information and the Future of Libraries,” by Phil Agre, PL #12/13
“Garlic, Vodka, and the Politics of Gender: Anti-intellectualism in American Librarianship,” by Michael Winter, PL #14
These are some of my favorite articles from the library literature. I invite your comments.