Anonymous said: Have you personally received crap for being a Mover and Shaker, or are you taking statements against the award as being directed at its recipients?
Yes, I personally have received crap for being a Mover and Shaker. I’ve had things said directly to me as well as indirectly. It used to bother me, but now I just enjoy watching people get wound up about it. Mostly because they don’t like me or something I’ve written, but then the award is mentioned as a strike against me. It amuses me.
As to the second part of your question, it’s an award and honor. And as is the way of such things, people are going to vastly disagree with the award. It’s like the Oscars in that people will bristle that the Best Director went to X when Y was SO MUCH BETTER with their movie. Yes, the Oscars winners are the results of a vote, but not by the public. It’s the members of the Academy of Movie Pictures Arts and Sciences who choose the winners. The same could be said for the Mover & Shaker. The winners are chosen, but not by the overall profession; it’s chosen by the staff of Library Journal plus who they designate on the basis of the nominations they receive. So the awards aren’t always going to match up with public sentiment or ideals about who should be recognized.
To actually answer your question, it depends. Sometimes statements against the award are indirect attacks on a particular recipient. Sometimes it’s an attack on the award itself. It depends on the context.