Extra tasty library item.
Woman: Is the Library going to offer tax assistance again this year?
Librarian: Yes… [provides dates, times, etc.]
Woman: Is it free?
Woman: Good! Last year you made me pay $264!
Librarian: Ma’am, you realize that it’s the tax help that’s free, not the taxes?
Woman: Well what kind of help is that??!!
Lest we forget the incredible value proposition that Google presented to research libraries who participated in the scanning project.
I know at Harvard, Google intentionally skipped scanning certain supplemental material, like maps, diagrams, and charts, because they took too long. I also know that there was a fair amount of damage done to some material because of how fast they were going. Not to say it wasn’t worth it in the end and ultimately a useful thing.
can i get a reminder of why we do this?
after this many rejections during the course of my post-grad job hunt, i’m not so sure that it was really worth the time in school or the student loans.
The job market totally sucks ass right now. I am working a para-professional job I got in 2008 while still in grad school. A year after having my degree, not much luck even finding jobs to apply for. I’m trying to stay in Boston, so that kind of limits me, except that there are many, many libraries here, just none hiring that are looking for less that 5 years professional experience doing X. Lots of people who had years of experience lost their jobs and the market is flooded. If you aren’t currently working in a library, try to volunteer at one, maybe?
Student loans also suck ass.
[Edit] - also, as to why: It’s work I enjoy. I like the people (even crazy patrons). I like the possibilities. The work is always interesting. I like being around lots of information and new ideas. I like helping someone find just the book they’re looking for. I like to open up someones mind to all the things a library can offer them. I like fighting censorship and making information available to all. It feels like a job or career where I can look back in 30 or 40 years and feel that I made the world a better place by helping people to better themselves, or at least find a good book to read.