And who can argue when Mr. Gorman complains:
I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs. In that case, their rejection of my view is quite understandable.
As an erstwhile ALA member and newly minted blog person suffering from severe Google dependency, let me just say: Why can't we all just get along?
It seems Mr. Gorman questioned the utility of Google's partnership with a number of universities to digitize their library collections. For his pains, Mr. Gorman was labeled an "idiot" by a "blog person." And so it goes.
Mr. Gorman may have a point, though it's early days yet for Google Print. We librarians fret constantly about information retrieval. And not necessarily because we think we should be the gatekeepers through which all information whould pass. Spend some time at a reference desk thronged by undergraduates at the end of term and you'll quickly come to the conclusion that Google is no panacea for the information deprived.
But that's a tale for another day.
And Mr. Gorman, just because the project involves a "vast expenditure of money" doesn't mean that that "the library-starved children of California" will go without. It's not a zero-sum game. You want to fatten up the library-starved children? Talk to Bill Gates. He may be able to help you.
Listen to the king of the blog people. He won't steer you wrong. After all, his mother's a librarian.
Update: I've been Instalinked! I have died and gone to blogger heaven!
Update: More Gorman animus here, here and here.
Also: Gorman responds, telling ALA colleagues that he was being "satirical."