23 Total Quotes

Michael Gorman Quotes

I feel that this is a potential disaster on several levels. They are reducing scholarly texts to paragraphs. The point of a scholarly text is they are written to be read sequentially from beginning to end, making an argument and engaging you in dialogue.
Michael Gorman
#Disaster

There is a failure in the core values of education. They're told to go to college in order to get a better job -- and that's okay. But the real task is to produce educated people.
Michael Gorman
#College

The American Library Association (ALA) is saddened by the tragic loss of life and widespread damage to homes and communities by Hurricane Katrina, ... Libraries are an indispensable part of their communities, providing support and resources for everyone. Dozens of libraries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama need our assistance so they, in turn, can meet the many needs of their communities.
Michael Gorman
#Life

This is a project that is being done because they have the resources to do it and [because] people have gone overboard in their [eagerness] to digitize everything,
Michael Gorman
#People

The history of electronic technology has been that once a new capability emerges, someone finds ways to go around ... protections - in this case potentially avoiding payment to authors. I can't believe that, if [Google] were to go ahead with this, that someone, somewhere wouldn't find a way to illegally exploit it.
Michael Gorman
#History

A lot of people were worried that challenges would go up under President Bush, but the highest numbers were during the Clinton administration, ... I think that came from resentment among conservatives that Bill Clinton was president. You had the whole thing about gays in the military. You had people who believed that somehow Clinton was not a legitimate president.
Michael Gorman
#People

It's a perpetual problem, and it attacks fundamental American liberties -- the attempt to impose one's own positions on society as a whole,
Michael Gorman
#Society

The voices and stories of gays and lesbians cannot be silenced in our culture or on our bookshelves,
Michael Gorman
#Culture

These are just the challenges that we've heard of, ... It's estimated that there are probably four to five times as many that we don't hear about.
Michael Gorman
#Challenges

[ALA officials said they are battling these efforts as contrary to the nation's tradition of intellectual freedom.] It all comes down to the imposition of your views on other people, ... To be honest, it seems to me to be downright un-American.
Michael Gorman
#Freedom

There are times when I've been so depressed I can't see straight. At my age I should have been 80 percent in bonds. I could have had a comfortable income sitting on my duff. Instead, I had to go back to work.
Michael Gorman
#Age And Aging

What displaced people desperately need it is knowledge and information, and that's what public libraries do.
Michael Gorman
#Information

It's appalling -- it's really astounding. Only 31 percent of college graduates can read a complex book and extrapolate from it. That's not saying much for the remainder.
Michael Gorman
#College

That kind of local information is unique. So putting it online and making it available to the public -- it's invaluable.
Michael Gorman
#Information

Most libraries don't go back that far (1818). You're going to have at least four generations there.
Michael Gorman
#Generations

We are troubled by what seems to be an accelerating trend in increased restrictions on access to government information.
Michael Gorman
#Government

It hardly seems constitutional that there is still no individualized suspicion requirement and that a recipient of a subpoena must wait a full year to challenge a gag order.
Michael Gorman
#Suspicion

It all stems from a fearfulness of well-meaning people. We believe in parental responsibility, and that you should take care of what your children are reading. But it's not your responsibility to tell a whole class of kids what they should read.
Michael Gorman
#Meaning

If you're a freedom-to-read person, pulling a book like that one is not that different from any book that might have fake scholarship. No matter how wrong a book might be, people should have access to it. It's a slippery slope once you start removing books like that.
Michael Gorman
#Freedom

A lot of people were worried that challenges would go up under President Bush, but the highest numbers were during the Clinton administration. I think that came from resentment among conservatives that Bill Clinton was president. You had the whole thing about gays in the military. You had people who believed that somehow Clinton was not a legitimate president.
Michael Gorman
#People

It's a perpetual problem, and it attacks fundamental American liberties -- the attempt to impose one's own positions on society as a whole.
Michael Gorman
#Society

The public rewards of library enrollment speak for themselves, ... Nowhere else are books, magazines, the Web, audio- and video tapes, CDs, DVDs and more available to all people regardless of economic status.
Michael Gorman
#Books And Reading

We believe in parental responsibility, and that you should take care of what your children are reading. But it's not your responsibility to tell a whole class of kids what they should read.
Michael Gorman
#Children