Librarians are superheroes within the world of information, and they have great power. They typically wield it for good, not evil. But like all superheroes they will have their enemies. And today, the librarian’s enemy is suing them in court.
These librarians are guilty of blogging unfavourably about the defendants in question. In other words, they are being sued for their highly educated opinions. Hmm. This tells me that librarians matter. That a librarian can be dangerous. A librarian may need to be taken to court, because what they say can determine a company’s success or failure. This fascinates me, and in an odd way it is kind of nice to see librarians being taken so seriously. That being said, I feel for those that are jumping through hoops within the legal system, and I desire a fair and speedy resolution to these court cases.
What do you think? Do these events display the strength of librarians, or does it simply make “freedom of speech” sound like a dream?
As a librarian blogger, these cases give me hope for the future of librarianship. We are making waves. The public is listening, and we have much to say.