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COLLIB had an interesting discussion recently that was set off by a simple job announcement. Someone was having a bad day and responded to the announcement with a rather spirited series of questions that set off the usual \"librarians are underpaid\" thread that we\'ve all seen about a million times now, but this one was interesting because people started to discuss not the lack of pay, but the lack of candidates for job openings. With articles like Where have all the Librarians gone shedding some light into the new world of the MLS, it seems obvious we are in the midst of a change in our profession, or at the very least, we are faced with an increase in career options. I started to think, are library schools spitting out too many librarians? With fewer graduates wouldn\'t salaries go up?
Librarians are underpaid, we all know that, is this causing graduates to move into other areas of work with an MLS?
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I\'m not sure of the source on this one, but I found a Librarians Job Information page. It may be useful for someone. Includes the following:
I was Googling this morning, looking for Librarian Gifts and I stumbled upon Librarians as Enemies of Books by Randolph G. Adams. It\'s an old \"Library Quarterly\" article on a number of issues in librarianship. It\'s worth the read just for the style of writing.
\"There is no need to view with alarm the evolution of the modern librarian.\"
Sounds like it\'s going to be a lot of fun.\"
\"The mission of THE SHY LIBRARIAN is to never let an opportunity pass for maximizing the promotion of libraries, librarianship, and the librarian.
THE SHY LIBRARIAN will build a community of librarians and library supporters who will strive to fully promote the exceptional work being done in libraries around the world.
THE SHY LIBRARIAN will create a working environment filled with positive energy, understanding, creativity, good humor, and optimism.
THE SHY LIBRARIAN will strive to weave proven marketing, community relations, and public relations practices into the fabric of librarianship.
Here is a story out of the Wall Street Journal about the opportunities available for librarians. It\'s nice to know that we are wanted.\"Senior-level corporate librarians, now often known as chief information officers (CIO) and directors of information research, are in high demand in nearly every industry research specialty, executive recruiters say.\" -- Read More
writes \"Hello - My sister in law is a librarian and I\'m
for appropriate \"librarian\" merchandise for her for
In a way I thought it was nice that I didn\'t find you
selling mugs and t-shirts but thought you might know
of a source for a sweat shirt covered with a book
design or some such.\"
Good question! What is on your
list, or what are you getting your favorite librarian for
the Holidays.More importantly, where are you getting it?
Feminist Thinking and Librarianship in the 1990s: Issues and Challenges is an article by Sarah Pritchard, head librarian at UC Santa Barbara. Here is something from the intro:
Have we really progressed to a post-feminist era? Who is \"we\" and what is \"progress?\" Is there a feminist analysis of librarianship, and how can the profession be sexist when it is female-dominated? Are these merely \"social issues\" that distract from proper library service? I\'d like to sketch some frameworks for thinking about these questions; I can\'t give you all the answers, but I hope we can enlarge our understanding and our willingness to work together for change.
Hope Olson, a professor at the University of Alberta, has a neat web page summarizing the History of a Female Profession. It contains internal links to numerous (of her own) summaries of important works in the area of women in librarianship. She introduces the issue as follows: -- Read More
\"The best part is being able to have the interaction with people on a daily basis,\" Barthe said. \"That gives you a feeling that you are here for a purpose.\"
Hate your job?
Hate your coworkers?
Wish you\'d taken a completely different career track that did not involve dealing with books and/or the public?
Read the letters in American Libraries and wonder why these people bother?
Attend a professional conference and pretend you\'re not a librarian?
Look at your library school classmates and think about how annoying they are?
Fantasize about your supervisor\'s going-away party?
You sound Snarky to me!
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