Pinned oot

Oh, and just to be clear, it is perfectly fine to boost the Loon's blog posts here in the fediverse, and even to link to them on birdsite should you be so moved.

That the Loon has departed birdsite does not mean she has any onus against those still there.

The Loon wishes to note that she absolutely called it on MOOCs: mfeldstein.com/moocs-in-declin

They were a bad, unsustainable idea that not only did not but could never have achieved its originally-stated goals of democratizing education.

The Loon does have some concerns about the short timeline. Are California faculty sufficiently prepared that they will refuse to turn viciously on their libraries when access is cut off?

High stakes either way.

California is making a run at pulling a Germany with Elsevier: library.ucdavis.edu/news/poten

If the Loon had free choice of any US library or consortium to try this, California would have been her pick. She wishes them well.

Does the Loon sound angry? Good. She is angry.

She is not angry at the person who accidentally outed her. Accidents happen, and this was hardly the first accident with the Loon's Boring Alter Ego's identity; it was only the accident that happened to take place in the BAE's workplace.

No, the Loon is furiously angry that she is this frightened -- that she has good and sufficient reason to be this frightened.

If she could be and feel safer...

One thing you might do -- right now, this very moment -- is sign the petition asking the University of California to endorse academic freedom for librarians.

Feel free to do so in the name of the Library Loon, who never had academic freedom.

gopetition.com/petitions/petit

You miss the Loon? Do you also miss her Boring Alter Ego, who was silenced long ago?

Those offended that the Loon took down her archives, do you understand that her BAE is unemployable in libraries? Do you understand how that happened? That several times during Gavia's run the Loon's BAE was threatened over it? That many libraries and library vendors still scour social media for something they can use to smear a librarian they don't like?

If you understand this, what are you doing about it?

One thing she is considering is that an intentional archival silence on her part might matter, might lead to larger discussions of silencing in the information professions. The Loon tried to goose that conversation into existence a few years ago, and a few voices took it up, but...

... eventually silence drowned the conversation about silencing.

You miss the Loon? How many other silenced voices do you not even know you miss?

Re the archives of Gavia Libraria:

Let us be clear about one thing: Gavia Libraria was a blog. It was not a scholarly anything; if the Loon's Boring Alter Ego had wished to publish in The Litrachoor, she could have done so. (She has, in fact.)

The Loon owes the scholarly record exactly nothing whatever.
The Loon owes the historical record exactly nothing whatever.
The Loon owes the web record exactly nothing whatever.

Are we clear? Good. The Loon is still considering her archives.

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As best the Loon can tell, opinion on birdsite about the shutdown of Gavia Libraria is evenly split between regret and jubilation.

This seems, on the whole, fitting.

This was probably always the destined end. The Loon is rather surprised to have survived as long as she did.

Nonetheless: the lesson here is not to dox incorporeal pseudonyms, lest their contributions (whatsoever they may be) be lost.

An end to blogging gavialib.com/2018/10/an-end-to

This is unfortunate, but the Loon is in a tight corner and sees no way out of it.

Oh, and just to be clear, it is perfectly fine to boost the Loon's blog posts here in the fediverse, and even to link to them on birdsite should you be so moved.

That the Loon has departed birdsite does not mean she has any onus against those still there.

@vickysteeves The Loon has indeed left birdsite. She is here in the fediverse.

It seems to be a day for interesting material. In the category "any gameable measure will be gamed," this: arxiv.org/abs/1809.07841

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