Gavia Libraria

An end to blogging

The Loon’s Boring Alter Ego was outed as the Loon today at her place of work, in such wise that denying the association would only have made matters worse.

That makes Gavia Libraria no longer a safe pursuit. It is therefore ending.

The Loon will take thought about what to do with Gavia’s archives.

45 thoughts on “An end to blogging

  1. Mike Taylor

    I’m so sorry.

    Please find a way to at least keep the archives. They have a lot of important stuff in them — for example, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve pointed people to “Framing Incremental Gains”.

  2. Bethany Nowviskie

    Ugh, I so hate to hear this — and want to chime in to say that I have found *so* much of value in the Loon’s observations over the years. I hope there’s some safe way to keep at least selected/Bowdlerized posts online.

  3. Anonymous

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I found your blog while I was in library school and now, two years into my first scholcomm library job, your writing is one of the first places I point to when talking about scholarly communication with my colleagues.

  4. thegraphiclibrarian

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I found your blog while I was in library school and now, two years into my first scholcomm library job, your writing is one of the first places I point to when talking about scholarly communication with my colleagues.

  5. Matt Ruen

    I join the chorus of readers very sad to hear this and to see the Loon depart.

    This blog was an incredibly valuable resource when I first encountered it near the end of my LIS grad program, and has remained a powerful source of ideas and commentary through my ongoing career as a scholcomm librarian.

    I share others’ hopes that there is a way to continue to provide access to pivotal discussions in the archives (coordinator syndrome is about the only thing I think every new librarian really should be taught), but understand entirely if that is not possible.

  6. Meredith

    This sucks. I’m so sorry someone outed you. As someone who is 99.9% sure of who your boring alter ego is and never told a soul, I can’t understand why someone wouldn’t respect your privacy as you so clearly only feel safe speaking freely pseudonymously. I’ll really miss this blog; it was one of the most thoughtful ones that I read.

  7. Anonymous

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Your post on coordinator work in libraries inspired my own research. Your writing has been helpful to so many.

  8. Jenny Reiswig

    This is really rotten. I sincerely hope there are no repercussions for you and that you can find a way to preserve the Loon’s writings.

  9. David Groenewegen

    That is a damn shame. I’ve always found this blog to be a very stimulating read. Thanks for all the work and thought that went into it.

  10. Jim DelRosso

    I’m so sorry this happened to you, and that you’ve been put in this position. I’ll miss your writings here, which were always excellent, but mostly just hope you come out of this safe and well.

  11. Anonymous

    Oh DARN! I’ve found your posts incredibly helpful, and used some as resources for developing research. Even more importantly, your posts on new hire messianism made me realize I wasn’t crazy.

  12. Helene Williams

    So sorry about this, on so many levels! I do hope your work is archived: I do a lot of teaching from it—many librarians are better at what they do thanks to you.

  13. Jill Cirasella

    I am so sorry. I will so miss the Loon’s trenchant analysis and vivid voice. (You can’t imagine how much I admire the Loon’s way with words.) The only thing I can think to do is watch On Golden Pond as a kind of memorial service.

  14. Sarah McDaniel

    I’m sorry – as someone fortunate to know both yours, we need your voice. Hope you will devise a clever new vehicle for it. You are never boring.

  15. Björn Brembs

    So sad to see you go.

    Perhaps even sadder that what you were writing seemed to necessitate anonymity. A sad time and place if what you wrote would have any negative consequences for you. I can’t even imagine…

  16. Björn Brembs

    So sad to see you go.

    Perhaps even sadder that what you were writing seemed to necessitate anonymity. A sad time and place if what you wrote would have any negative consequences for you. I can’t even imagine…
    Björn

  17. Bee

    I echo what others have said here: so sad that you won’t be able to add to the blog going forward – it has always been such an interesting and thought provoking read.

  18. Andrew Preater

    I am so sorry to hear this. Like others have commented I have benefited hugely from reading your frank and honest assessments and have referred others to your ideas to inform LIS professional practice. I hope there is some way you can maintain an archive of your widely-read and highly-cited posts to allow us to continue to refer to your ideas.

  19. Teague

    It’s terrible that some find your commentary threatening. I didn’t always agree, but your opinions were vivid, apparently heart-felt, and never boring. I hope your situation will improve drastically and soon.

  20. Becky

    This is such a bummer! As someone who works in a very different sub-field, I’ve nevertheless found your blog to be an important commentary on the state of librarianship as a profession.

  21. Mildred

    I’m so so sorry. I had that same thing happen to me (pseudonymous blog – no person or institution named) and got fired for my not displaying ‘professionalism’ outside of work when someone outed me. I’m just sad we will lose your voice.

  22. Peter Murray-Rust

    I share bjoern Brembs sentiments . It is a sad day when considered and valuable commentary is seen as subversive and must be anonymised. I am afraid it reinforces my impression that there is little support in libraries for their own brave identity . My recent experiences are that science libraries are little more than marketing and police for products created by megapublishers.
    I used to describe libraries as guardians of scholarship but I have seen no senior leadership in over 15 years .

  23. Jenn Riley

    Thank you for your work and your words. I’m sorry you’re having to wrap up like this; why someone would do this to you is mystifying to me. We all need to work harder to make our profession willing to hear the clearest voices giving us hard truths.

  24. Lee

    Like the other commenters, I am dismayed that you were outed, and so sad that you now need to wrap up this blog. It’s been a must-read for me for ages, and I’ve learned so much from reading it! Thank you for all of the insights — and the lively, loon-y prose by which you conveyed them!

  25. Paige Morgan

    I am so very sorry this has happened – you’ve taught me so much, and influenced my own decisions & negotiations in libraryland, as well as my own writing on it.

    Like Mike Furlough, I’ll hope for a phoenix next time.

  26. Colleen Lyon

    I would also like to add my dismay that your privacy was not respected. I too have benefited from your viewpoints and analysis of current topics and will miss seeing new posts in my feed. I hope if anyone from your institution looks at this blog, they will see how much the community values your opinions. How boring things would be if we all always agreed with each other!

  27. Anonymous

    Well that sucks – I’ve loved reading your posts over the years, and the fact that someone outed you? Not okay. Good luck to the boring alter ego, and here’s hoping whoever started the outing gets the karma due to them.

  28. Anonymous

    Another chiming in to say, this sucks. I have no clue who your boring alter ego is, and never cared to know, but I am very sorry to see the Loon go. I hope if it works to leave things up – but certainly will understand if not. (Thankfully anything I really wanted to reread I’d have already clipped into Evernote!)

  29. Anonymous

    Another chiming in to say, this sucks. I have no clue who your boring alter ego is, and never cared to know, but I am very sorry to see the Loon go. I hope if it works to leave things up – but certainly will understand if not. (Thankfully anything I really wanted to reread I’d have already clipped into Evernote!)

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