I don’t believe I’ve posted anything about Five Weeks to a Social Library. Not that I’ve been involved in this remarkable exercise, other than commenting on a couple of blog entries and following the set of blogs and the retrospective posts on the blogs of the founders, but…
I suppose “this remarkable exercise” is a giveaway: Congratulations are in order to Meredith Farkas, Michelle Boule, Karen Coombs, Amanda Etches-Johnson, Ellyssa Kroski, and Dorothea Salo. And, to be sure, Tom Peters and Heather Yager. The first group conceived something audacious, planned it, and made it work–by all accounts, extremely well.
It’s easy for me to spot and congratulate people who are doing “the kind of thing I’d do” well (or at least better than I think I’d do it). What this group did falls into an entirely different category: Something I can’t imagine ever doing myself, but where the worth of it penetrates my thick skull fairly rapidly.
I won’t attempt an overview or discussion here. The site has lots of content, and it’s not as though Farkas, Boule, Coombs, Etches-Johnson, Kroski and Salo don’t all have their own outlets. I might do an essay later; I might not (if I find I have little useful to add). Mostly this is just to say: Good work, impressive work, something that makes a difference and should have legs for further use…
And, along the way, to note something entirely different involving one of that group, a person I treasure as a colleague and consider a friend–and who I found necessary to criticize in the current Cites & Insights. (I also found it necessary to criticize another colleague and friend, Peter Suber, on the same issue, and I think I understand the circumstances involved.) In this case, Dorothea Salo issued an eloquent apology and explanation, which reminds me again of why I consider Salo a treasured colleague and friend.
OK, that’s it for today. Probably not for the weekend. I commented on “shutdown day” (not participating and don’t see the point) at LISNews. I’d say “I won’t do any posts for 24 hours,” but it’s quite possible that I’ll do a really serious and important post tomorrow–I’m about to go exercise to the last third of the last film on the sixth disc of the 50 Musicals set, which means it’s time for another set of four mini-reviews of old musicals.
[Footnote: That horizontal rule seems to show up on aggregators but not at W.a.r. itself. If you wonder "what horizontal rule?" there's the problem.]