Michael Farrelly, Bookslut's "Library Rakehell", says they lied to him in library school.
Even with two masterâ€™s degrees, some library experience and impeccable references I cannot get a call back. Well, that is not entirely accurate. I did get one interview thus far and sat there smiling and being the ideal interviewee while I was told I was â€œoverqualifiedâ€? and my reasoning for taking a â€œreference assistantâ€? position questioned. The answer to that question by the way is money, money, and money.
I have searched lisjobs.com so many times that I have screen burn from the site. I have tried using and abusing friends and family and contacts who are friends of the family and people who pass by on the street carrying library books weeping to them â€œPleaseâ€¦ Iâ€™m hungry and can catalogue, for the love of god take me to your readerâ€™s services, put a ring on my finger and sandals on my feet!â€? The prodigal librarian is ready to crawl for forgiveness of his sins. The sin of being over-educated, young, and not as experienced and in some cases I think, being a male.