Gavia Libraria


What is the comment policy at Gavia Libraria?

This is the Library Loon’s nest. The basic rule is: don’t foul it. As with bird nests generally, the resident bird will decide at her sole discretion what foulness is.

The Loon may throw anyone into moderation or ban anyone from commenting at any time. She may edit comments, though she will explain that she has done so and why. She may also spear all the vowels out of comments she doesn’t like with her sharp black beak. Not all posts may allow comments.

Also, only one longwinded, obnoxious blowhard is allowed at Gavia Libraria: the Loon. Succinctness is a virtue, as is relevance. Comments of excessive length and tangentiality will invariably be deleted; they choke off conversation.

Although some entry is required in the “email” field in the comment form, it need not be a genuine email address. Gavia Libraria operates under the Chatham House Rule. The Loon will not reveal a commenter’s real-world identity (should she become aware of it) unless subpoenaed, nor will she use it in any way prejudicial to the commenter save in cases of threat, lawbreaking, or other such extreme circumstance.

May I link to a Gavia Libraria post? Tweet it? Put Gavia Libraria in my blogroll or feedreader?

Yes, you may. If you attribute the link (not required; links carry their own sort of attribution), please do so correctly (see below).

Please do not reproduce the whole of Gavia Libraria‘s posts in a place open to search engines. Thank you.

May I translate something on Gavia Libraria? Adapt it for use in a newsletter or other publication? Quote from it? Use a screenshot?

Certainly! Gavia Libraria is CC-BY licensed, so you don’t even have to ask first (and no, asking is not polite under these circumstances). If you make a million bucks off it, the Library Loon would be interested to know, but you don’t actually have to split the money with her.

How should I attribute Gavia Libraria blog posts?

Thanks for asking! Attribute to “the Library Loon,” please, or “Loon, Library” if your style guide so dictates. If you prefer to attribute to the blog title (also perfectly acceptable in most contexts), that is Gavia Libraria. The Loon confesses that this is her preference because she delights in injecting whimsy into the library literature, and in making trouble for authority-control systems and style guides. (The Loon will bugle delightedly should she find she has an authority record.)

What’s with all the fake names? Why don’t you link? Everybody knows who and what you’re talking about!

Being a pseudonym herself, the Library Loon favors pseudonyms; she is hardly the only person entitled to a little pseudonymity. Feel free to adopt a pseudonym yourself, if you wish; just keep to one per corporeal person, please. Moreover, the Loon finds that refusing to name people and institutions in contexts that might not reflect well on them usefully depersonalizes her arguments. She gives up some precision, but so it goes.

At times, the Loon may choose to use real names. She will never do so lightly.

As for linking, the Loon (as noted above) doesn’t blog for attention, nor does she blog as part of the Scholarly or Professional Record (whatever that is), nor does she blog to participate in online discourse communities. She blogs to think things through at her own pace and in her own voice (insofar as a pseudonym can have a voice) without interference. She is fully aware that this behavior very much goes against the grain of the web, and of scholarly/professional discourse. She is a loon, however, and loons are stubbornly solitary creatures; she will not budge on this point.

She would appreciate discretion vis-a-vis proper names and links in comments, and may enforce it if need be.

Who is the Library Loon, anyway?

The Library Loon is a fool’s mask, a translucent pseudonym, an experiment in social-media affordances. She has no corporeal existence, no family, no friends, no history, and no bank accounts. She has no employer; she works for everyone and no one.

The Loon does have a Boring Alter Ego, whom she mentions from time to time. She reluctantly accepts that her words may incur corporeal-world consequences for the Boring Alter Ego, but she insists that they have exactly zero relevance to any employer or other organization associated with the Boring Alter Ego. Nobody pays the Loon to say anything in particular, or indeed pays her at all.

Does the Library Loon speak at conferences? Teach? Consult? Write books and articles?

Not being corporeal, the Library Loon can’t manage face-to-face interactions. She is also vastly too lazy to consult, or write for the professional literature.