It’s the second day of Christmas, but the Christmas spirit certainly isn’t with some people.
You might have read about the theft of one of those little free libraries in Wisconsin last August (since found). The intent of the libraries is to swap a book for a book. Some awful human beings decided to swap all the books for a lingering air of evil intent.
It’s happened again, once in Louisiana earlier this month, and two in Oregon in the last week or so. It takes a special kind of vile person to steal something so innocuous and with so little exchange value.
It’s not like the structures or the books are going to fetch much money. There’s no benefit to the thieves, just the intent to harm other people. For the second day of Christmas, they probably deserve two turtle doves, served raw at the local jail.
However, all is not darkness and evil. There’s still a little faith and hope left in libraryland, as we can tell from a recent exchange on the ALA Council listserv.
The discussion was about the NSA spying and ALA Council resolutions. As you might remember, some group, probably the SRRT, tried to get the ALA Council to pass a resolution in favor of Edward Snowden, but it was later revised to be just about whistleblowers in general.
Here’s what one councilor had to say:
I admit that I come from the perspective that Resolutions should focus on issues and ALA’s vision for what is the correct direction on those issues.
I’m just curious why there isn’t interest in using Tributes and Honoraria to applaud individuals who take action.
It wasn’t long before the SRRT Councilor put that befuddled councilor in her place and explained why she was so wrong:
The answer is very simple. A tribute is symbolic, but a resolution has some potential impact. We have whistleblowers that are being persecuted. They need our support desperately.
A tribute is symbolic, but a resolution has some potential impact. I nearly spit my tea all over my computer when I read that. It still makes me chuckle when I think about it.
The idea that an ALA resolution about someone like Edward Snowden would have a “potential impact” is hilarious.
Yes, he does need support, but unless that ALA resolution is going to get him to Brazil or protect him indefinitely from the US government, that is, unless it’s going to do something practical, then it’s just a symbolic waste of time.
On the other hand, it’s nice to see such a blind faith in something as useless as an ALA resolution during a season of hope.
And who knows, the ALA Council might pass a resolution that actually has an impact on the world. For many Americans, it’s a season of miracles, and that would definitely be miraculous.