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Thank you Brad – I was very tired and cranky because I had to go back out after work to a work party – but now I can’t stop laughing! You have to read his post entitled Michael Gorman makes me cry. Well Brad, I’m still laughing and that’s why I’m crying!! I have to leave for the party now – so you’ll all have to read his post yourself.

Of COURSE folksonomy is less exact than LCSH– that isn’t the point of it. Controlled Vocabulary is amazing for precision purposes, but if you don’t KNOW about the terms it’s not that helpful. Tagging, by contrast, allows users to determine what about the document is important to THEM, and note it that way. Remember them? The people we’re supposed to be serving?

And commenter Infosciphi, thanks for adding to my uncontrollable giggles:

I may be oversimplifying and perhaps exaggerating, since I have never met the man, but having read much of M. Gorman’s commentary, I have begun to view him like I would an adult with developmental problems. Sure he has the age & career of the adult, but his thought processes and reasoning seem to indicate some sort of mental retardation.

12 Responses so far.

  1. MS says:

    Calling someone a retard because they disagree with your opinion isn’t exactly the best way to get one’s point across, is it?

  2. Nicole says:

    While I do agree with your statement – I don’t see this as a comment due solely to the fact that the commenter and M. Gorman do not agree – it has to do with the fact that Gorman is constantly making comments veiled as educated when he is obviously letting his personal prejudices interfere.

  3. MS says:

    Calling someone a retard because they disagree with your opinion isn’t exactly the best way to get one’s point across, is it?

  4. Nicole says:

    While I do agree with your statement – I don’t see this as a comment due solely to the fact that the commenter and M. Gorman do not agree – it has to do with the fact that Gorman is constantly making comments veiled as educated when he is obviously letting his personal prejudices interfere.

  5. Brad Houston says:

    Aww. My ears are burning….

    Wait, this means that people are actually reading this thing! I may have to start updating on a regular basis now (well, I was going to try to do so anyway, but still!)…

  6. Brad Houston says:

    Aww. My ears are burning….

    Wait, this means that people are actually reading this thing! I may have to start updating on a regular basis now (well, I was going to try to do so anyway, but still!)…

  7. JJR says:

    “Of COURSE folksonomy is less exact than LCSH– that isn’t the point of it. Controlled Vocabulary is amazing for precision purposes, but if you don’t KNOW about the terms it’s not that helpful.”

    Enter the Helpful Reference Librarian–remember THEM!??

  8. JJR says:

    “Of COURSE folksonomy is less exact than LCSH– that isn’t the point of it. Controlled Vocabulary is amazing for precision purposes, but if you don’t KNOW about the terms it’s not that helpful.”

    Enter the Helpful Reference Librarian–remember THEM!??

  9. Chris says:

    If you have to go ask a librarian each time you want to use the catalogue search … your catalogue search is utterly broken.

  10. Chris says:

    If you have to go ask a librarian each time you want to use the catalogue search … your catalogue search is utterly broken.

  11. Nicole says:

    JJR – of course I remember them! But, I have to agree with Chris. The library I’m in now only has 1 reference librarian – if she had to field all questions related to the darn catalog – then she’d never be able to help people who need real research help. The catalog is a finding aid – and should work as such. The reference librarian should be there to be help people who aren’t sure what they need – or who have too many resources to sort through – or just to help people get started in their research.

  12. Nicole says:

    JJR – of course I remember them! But, I have to agree with Chris. The library I’m in now only has 1 reference librarian – if she had to field all questions related to the darn catalog – then she’d never be able to help people who need real research help. The catalog is a finding aid – and should work as such. The reference librarian should be there to be help people who aren’t sure what they need – or who have too many resources to sort through – or just to help people get started in their research.


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