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California is the Future

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 ...

Learning What Can’t Be Taught

I noticed a notice that the ACRL NMDG wants speakers willing to travel to ALA Midwinter and talk about “things they wish they had learned in library school.” They seem very excited about it. “Who knew that you'd become a web designer, marketing director, and reference librarian all in one?!” Actually, the answer to that question is easy, since no one really is all those things. The ability to make webpages doesn’t make you a “web designer,” just as putting up flyers or posting to the library Facebook page doesn’t make you a “marketing director.” But I digress. This seems a topic of neverending interest for some librarians. I can understand. They go to library school, eventually get a job in a library, and realize that the two activities are only tenuously connected. So, they look around at all the things they need to know how to do for their job and think, “if only I’d learned this in library school, because now that I’m a librarian instead of a student I’m ...

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