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Your Existence is a Disturbance

Kind Reader sent a story about what has to be one of the most ridiculous encounters ever to take place in an academic library. The short version is that 5-6 protesters invaded a room in the library at UC-Santa Cruz that had been booked by the College Republicans for a discussion group. The protesters proceeded to yell at people until some of them were arrested for disturbing the peace. In the middle of it all was a librarian trying to calm things down, and who displayed a remarkable poise in dealing with the situation, despite one of the protesters yelling at her to show her political leanings and kick out the peaceful College Republicans. We know this because there’s a video, and it’s a doozy.  When I viewed the video, it was at “City on a Phil; October 18 at 9:44am.” It’s pretty stunning to watch a 20-year-old woman make such an ass of herself. Perhaps readers will disagree, but here’s how the situation looked to me. The College Republicans, which I assume is a ...
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7 Ways Librarians are Superior to Clickbait Journalists

Last week I was so struck by our erstwhile library supporter’s belief that he had “the truth” so he never listened to anything Stephen Hawking said because Hawking didn’t have “the truth,” that I never bothered to track down the article on librarian extinction that started his rant. He didn’t link to it. Links have been standard practice on the internet for at least 20 years, but possibly he didn’t know that. If you have “the truth,” you don’t need knowledge. This might be the article, since it mentions the impending demise of both librarians and “word processors,” as if that’s ever been a job title. The immediate thing that struck me was the complete lack of evidence, data, knowledge, or logic within the article. That plus the headline makes it nothing more than clickbait journalism, even if it is in such an august institution as USA Today. Since we’re about to go the way of buggy whip manufacturers, perhaps we librarians can wile away our time pondering the world of ...
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Another Librarian Retirement Wave

Oh my goodness, there’s another retirement wave coming, or one coming that didn’t come before, or something like that. I hope everybody’s ready. Thank Kind Reader for this important announcement which will probably not affect your future ability to get a library job: Retirement Wave To Hit Academic Librarianship. That’s a blog post commenting on a brief new ARL study with the somewhat duplicitous title: Delayed Retirements and the Youth Movement among ARL Library Professionals. The last time we started hearing about all this, around the turn of the millennium, it was the ALA predicting the “graying of the profession,” and how everyone should go to library school immediately because there was going to be a librarian shortage for years. Plenty of suckers fell for that ploy, but at least the library schools got some extra money and some more people paid ALA dues hopeful for their professional future, so it wasn’t a total loss for all involved. This time the prediction isn’t so ...
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Taking Our Admirers Where We Can Find Them

Apparently, librarians are going extinct again, according to this meandering column about future predictions. Librarians are up there with retail cashiers, travel agents, typists, and social media managers. Maybe the world is getting tired of social media now that it’s nothing but Trump and the Russians. The “old timer” columnist, who has “seen, and even utilized, a digital self-checkout counter,” and who finds himself “more willing to order certain items online, thus contributing to the need for fewer retail clerks,” still can’t imagine libraries going away. Libraries are an important part of our community, and today there are vast resources online that fairly easily can be accessed. However, there is nothing to compare with the helpful librarian who can do so much more than a search engine. I have a hard time thinking of a future and imagining no librarians. I notice there's no mention of actually using libraries anymore. There’s a lot in that, but one thing to keep in ...
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Sexual Harassment @ Your Library

If you’ve seen any news in the past couple of weeks, you might have heard of a guy named Harvey Weinstein. It’s hard to make out any details from the dearth of news coverage, but he’s allegedly sexually harassed or raped numerous women over many years. I don’t see how that was a big secret. It’s right on his Wikipedia page and everything. He’s the stereotypical Hollywood casting couch producer who for some reason Hollywood decided to suddenly declare its concern about. Weinstein is perhaps typical of men in powerful positions surrounded by vulnerable people they desire to exploit. What’s to stop them when everyone’s afraid of them or wants something from them? By an odd coincidence, the library world got its own sexual harassment scandal last week. It didn’t receive quite the news coverage of Weinstein, but you might have seen this story about sexual harassment at the Wagner College library in Staten Island, NY. It’s a sordid tale of a librarian being allegedly quite ...
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More Seuss Protests

That protesting librarian may have had a practical effect upon the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, if nothing else. That’s the Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, MA, which is removing a mural of a stereotypical Chinese man after some children’s authors complained prior to a children’s literature festival in Springfield. That goes to show you, if you really want something done, get famous people to complain about it. If the illustration is the only offensive one from And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, it doesn’t provide much support for the protesting librarian’s claim that Dr. Seuss books are “steeped in racist propaganda.” That just seems like simplistic propaganda itself. Dr. Seuss, like most of life, is complicated. Regardless, it’s the kind of thing that makes the defenders of Seuss as some sort of perfect children’s author for the ages, which oddly enough seems to be a thing, look pretty silly. Since he changed over the years, clearly even he didn’t ...
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