WILL UNWOUND #707: “A Whole Lotta Moving and Shaking”March 13, 2012
Last Friday, I kind of figured Tuesday was going to be a very interesting day at Library Journal.
In the on-line Friday edition of L.J. there was an article about all the high energy antics that occurred during their Mover and Shaker photo shoot. Apparently, the winning Movers and Shakers were encouraged to get in touch with their creative side. Clearly the article was a teaser. It was supposed to pique your interest in the announcement of the 2012 class of Library Movers and Shakers.
When I clicked on the article this morning it was very clear what the teasing was all about – an academic librarian from New Jersey named J.P. Porcaro. Dude was dressed to kill. Problem is you can take that statement one of two ways, and L.J. readers did precisely that. I won’t describe Mr. Porcaro’s fashion statement or photographic pose or what he’s drinking because I want you to formulate your own perspective by clicking on J.P. Porcaro. Have fun with this one, Unwinders. Personally, I think he’d fit in very nicely here in the Unwinders Tavern because the man’s big claim to fame in the library world seems to be that he loves to party and from the picture it would seem that he also enjoys a beverage.
What is even more controversial than Mr. Porcaro’s photo is the ensuing battle that seems to be taking place in the comment section under Porcaro’s Mover and Shaker profile page. Apparently, a number of comments made about Porcaro were deleted by the L.J. comment moderator, under the aegis of a company policy which allows no insults, personal attacks, etc. Hmmm. I wonder how the Annoyed Librarian has managed to avoid the knife of the L.J. censors. Can you say hypocrisy?
Anyway, back to Porcaro. From the narrative about him, he seems to be a fun loving sort who loves to have a good time and play pranks. The irony here is that the joke seems to be on L.J. To me his photograph represents a self parody of the whole Mover and Shaker award thingie. He seems to be making fun of the whole “we’re the people who are shaping the future of libraries” thing and for that I think he is one brave and funny dude. On his website, he tells you exactly what he thinks about the award – “Awards Are Stupid.”
Is it me or has L.J. finally jumped the shark with its M&S showcase?
Your thoughts, Unwinders….and J.P.- you’re welcome in our tavern anytime.