I had been planning on ignoring this tempest in a teapot, but I feel that I
may have something to say in this matter.

"how would an applicant feel...".  As it turns out, I am in the process of
applying for positions.  In fact, I am interested in exploring this
particular position.  I have been in the library field for some time and
have read (and respected) Roy Tennant's views and research for years.  Never
would it even have occurred to me to think of him as a corporate shill for
OCLC.  It CERTAINLY has not persuaded nor manipulated me one way or the
other in terms of applying for the job.

I think that the question Roy asked was a thoroughly appropriate and
valuable one: asking one person to design an IR from the ground up on their
own COULD be a pretty daunting task.  His question helped to clarify the
position description.  I think that it is inaccurate - I would even say,
utterly inappropriate - to ascribe subversive motives to what was
essentially a request for more information.  I would agree that emacs vs. vi
wars are less of a waste of considerable bandwidth than this discussion has

BTW - I am using my personal email rather than that of the institution at
which I work, lest somebody think that I speak for that institution.

Stephen Westman
Somewhere in the Ethernet

On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 2:11 PM, Ya'aqov Ziso <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> *As a community, we create and modify our policies as we go along SO THAT
> we
> can contribute freely in our discussions with each other.*
> *
> *
> *Anybody, including a senior officer from corporate OCLC can simply state
> that her/his opinion does not represent her/his employer. **[without such
> distinction from OCLC's Tennant, how would an applicant feel about the
> position's description? to whom does s/he report, to BPL or partially also
> to OCLC?]*
> *
> *
> *This list archives include instances where such distinctions were not
> drawn, and people expected OCLC to kick in resources and involvements, and
> that did not happen. The reverse also happened, and personal opinions
> turned
> out to be strict OCLC policy.*
> *
> *
> *Ya'aqov*