Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it, by*MizzEl*

What I had to say about Clinical Reader was not of massive importance.

It was a website evaluation and critique, something that librarians, students, journalists and everyone else should be doing on an automatic cognitive basis millions of times a day. My intent is and always will be education, and hopefully both my colleagues and the world now clearly know that United States government organizations do not endorse products or services. [edit: and using copyrighted sources for your own use without the creator's permission isn't cool either!]

What so many of you had to say when I was threatened as a result of my post is important.

I must say thanks for the immediate public support on Twitter to Jacqueline (multiple times), Rachel (likewise), Steve, John (and Patrick's RT), Peter, who brings up something about libraries I didn't see before; Nick (LOL), Amy (ha!), Amy, Connie (also multiple times), Sarah, Shamsha, Martha, Andrew, Erika, Luke, Mark, Laura, Sarah, all of you who commented on these related discussion threads, and everyone else I've likely missed. I wish I could thank you all personally. It is quite humbling to know I am part of an international network of information professionals that is so much greater than I.

I am thankful for blog coverage from Steve, Alan and David for those who aren't on Twitter, which is the overwhelming majority of librarians who should be aware of things like this happening in social media but were probably off in Chicago at the American Library Association conference.

For numerous private messages of support, and especially the dropped jaws and 'WHAT?!'s from my colleagues who are part of my everyday personal life... thank you.

I also must say thanks to Guardian columnist Ben Goldacre of Bad Science.

There was an interesting conversation that occurred yesterday about just what endorsement means and other topics between Ben and Clinical Reader. Some of the tweets have now been deleted.

However, I recorded them all earlier thanks to QuoteURL: one, two, three, and four.


Anonymous said...

You have my gratitude for sticking with your observations and opinions, and not backing down. Thank you.

Anne Marie Cunningham said...

Well done. followed @bengoldacre convo with bemusement yesterday.

Connie Crosby said...

Good for you for sticking your ground!


The Krafty Librarian said...

You did a great job. I am just sorry I am just now catching up on the whole affair.
But you are right, you did regular website critique and brought up very valid issues.

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