March 11, 2011
Nature Abhors a Vacuum: Sarah Glassmeyer Launches Wiki for Library/Vendor Relationship
Recently I had the opportunity to interview Sarah Glassmeyer about the launching of her wiki for librarians and other interested parties who want to share information about all aspects of the library/vendor relationship, LISVendor.info.
JH: Sarah, would you stop tweeting for a moment and answer one question, why?
SG: Because I'm a law librarian. LibPunk. information liberator. raconteur and bon vivant.
JH: Any other reasons?
SG: Yes, because I speak softly but carry a big stick.
JH: Well, actions do speak louder than words. Thank you for the interview.
OK, so the above interview never really took place but you can read why Glassmeyer created her LISVendor.info wiki here.
In Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata (1677), Baruch Spinoza wrote "nature abhors a vacuum." Personally I think Sarah is a "force of nature" doing what needs to be done because an information vacuum most certainly does exist. Why? Because some other law librarians who have tried to work within the AALL establishment aren't "allowed" to fill that vacuum. Sharing information about the buyer-vendor relationship via a wiki, like OMG we can't do that. By the way, what's a wiki? That's my opinion; I do not want anyone to think I am implying it is Sarah's. She could beat the you-know-what out of me with her big stick!
I recall that one of Glassmeyer's 2011 New Year's resolutions was "[t]he goal for 2011 is to have a more boring year." Oh well, maybe next year. See 'Tis the Season for Year in Review Blog Posts ("I doubt she will achieve that goal. In fact, who would want that for Sarah! Continue to stretch and stay true to yourself is a far better goal for 2011.") [JH]