They say California is the future. If California is the future of librarianship, we’re all in trouble, because it seems to be California that produces the most Library Jobs that Suck, like this one.
I haven’t done many Library Jobs that Suck posts since moving to LJ, the main reason being that, despite the recession that began just about the same time (correlation does not imply causation!), I’ve seen fewer job ads for Library Jobs that Suck.
But the ad above meets almost all the criteria for an Library Job that Sucks:
- It requires an accredited MLS or equivalent
- It’s part-time
- It isn’t really a job
The only thing it doesn’t require is experience. Here we go:
Job Posting Title: Librarian Adjunct Pool
The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool of qualified applicants for possible temporary part-time teaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as needed basis and are on-going recruitments. Assignments may include day, evening and weekend courses.
If you’re a librarian in Sacramento, CA hungry for a job, then dive into this refreshing pool! When your library school told you they were “preparing you for a career,” this is what they meant, because nothing says professional career like “possible temporary part-time.”
The minimum qualifications are tough, too. Not the MLS or equivalent, because we all know that’s a breeze. But you also need a “ sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.”
Could anyone really understanding of all the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students in California? I don’t know how many cultural and ethnic backgrounds there are, but unless this is a job for a cultural anthropologist or something I don’t see it happening. Maybe it’s enough to be sensitive and understand that community college students have ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I think I could do that.
I know it’s just the chance of a possibility of a temporary job for low pay and no benefits, but the great thing is that if you get that temporary job, the duties are pretty light.
Responsibilities. The faculty member shall be responsible for the following: maintaining thorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular field; maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position.
So basically it’s a job where you sit around reading professional literature, taking webinars or whatever, and being nice to people. Even I could do that, especially if the position is temporary.
It’s kind of amusing that such a sucky non-existent position really requires maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of your regular field. We know with adjunct teaching positions like this that the last thing people have time for is keeping up with their fields. They’re too busy teaching six courses a semester to do that.
Schools that really want people to maintain their professional knowledge pay them a living wage. Schools that don’t are just pretending they care.
Which makes this job even better, because if the school doesn’t really care it would eliminate the need to sit around the library reading tedious professional literature. All one would have to do is maintain the standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the position.
Since the position is only a potential temporary position with low pay and no benefits, I’d say the standard of professional conduct would be pretty low, which means you wouldn’t even have to be nice to people.
This non-job job is looking better and better. Maybe the future’s not so bad after all.