By Augustus de Morgan
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ALA has some wonderfully caring individuals, but it is unwilling to set priorities, to decide what is most important and what is either not germane or at least less important. I know that John Berry, my long-time editor at Library Journal, agrees with my contention that ALA does not work hard enough, or perhaps not at all, at promoting the importance of librarians rather than an undefined but presumably good “thing” called the library. A more controversial contention of mine is that all of this stems, at least in great part, from our unwillingness to separate professional issues from sociopolitical ones.
However, we tend to avoid such “unpleasantness,” and seek instead a wishy-washy consensus which will probably neither please or offend anyone, but more importantly resolve little if anything, because dynamic breakthroughs don’t come from consensus. In any case, it began to occur to me, after a few years of modest waiting, that despite my visibility no Nominating Committee would ever select me for anything, because my selection might offend somebody. I am not really sure why I decided to become a petition candidate for the ALA Council 1988–92 term.
Analyses of the American Library Association (ALA) Council tells us that members of round tables are five times as likely to be members of the Council as those who don’t belong. Perhaps it can be argued that those who belong “only” to chapters and divisions do not have as strong a commitment to the specific issues that define round tables. Nor is there anything I can find wrong in that, except perhaps when that is translated into an attempt to speak for a larger group of members. Out of Focus Of course, political activity through Council election is not particularly noticeable for all round tables.
Budget of Paradoxes, Volumes 1-2 by Augustus de Morgan