[Libs-Or] A poem for the occasion

Shannon Van Kirk SVanKirk at bluecc.edu
Wed Jun 11 07:46:16 PDT 2014

While understanding the issues, I make the following plea:

Because this has degenerated to the point where people are being (perhaps inadvertently) offensive to others, inappropriate folderol is being  disseminated, and apologies are being generated, I suggest it is time to take this discussion off list (for those who wish to continue it.

I am on no way suggesting that it is an unworthy topic, but my inbox was FULL of little else this morning.

Yes, I know how to use my delete key, but at this point, perhaps the point has been made?

Just a thought…..

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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Mark KILLE
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:30 PM
Cc: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] A poem for the occasion

I have my own reservations about, basically, using critical race theory (http://spacrs.wordpress.com/what-is-critical-race-theory/) as a deciding factor when evaluating solutions for essential daily library functions. But it's a jerk move to make fun of people who have it incorporated into their professional values. It's certainly a valid way of approaching the Library Bill of Rights' (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill) insistence that libraries exist to serve *all people of the community*. In any case, dismissing it as unworthy of engagement--as nothing more than a joke--just supports its most basic claims.


Mark Kille
Library Assistant (Information Services)
Multnomah County Library (Hillsdale)
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On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM, Linda Church <lchurch at cu-portland.edu<mailto:lchurch at cu-portland.edu>> wrote:
Thanks for adding a little levity to the situation – definitely needed.

Linda Church

Director, Art & Culture Program
Concordia University Libraries
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