Attention Mature Librarians! If you’re over 55 and able to straighten your crabbed fingers, please fill out our survey. It should take no longer than ten minutes, not including the times you nod off during the session:
1. How long have you worked as a librarian?
- Since the Beatles broke up.
- Not sure, but still waiting for the doughboys to come back from the front.
- Let’s see; does Paleolithic come before Neolithic?
- Pick a date that sounds old-timey
Well, I’m back.
After two years, why did I pick now to return? Think of it as my public service announcement to the thousands of you who will be in 3-4 days jamming battered carry-ons in overhead compartments across the country for the greatest meet-up of the year: ALA Annual.
What’s the service I’m so publicly announcing? I’m here today to help you become the librarian you secretly long to be—a self-branding librarian.
There is one aspiration in my library career I’ve yet to achieve: a blurb in American Libraries‘ “Currents” column. Despite job changes, geographic moves and an embarrassing incident during a FRBR Interest Group meeting, I have yet to see my name splashed across the page in serif font next to an uncomfortably close photo crop of me.
To compensate for what I can only assume is an accidental oversight, I’ve come up with a smattering of “Currents” announcements I’d … Read the rest
Library Journal recently published its state of the state for librarian jobs and salaries. One of their findings? Recent library school grads believe one of the main impediments to finding professional positions are older librarians refusing to retire.
What a surprise. At least it seems that way for new grads and those contemplating library school. For me? It’s the same old song, but with a different refrain. In my decades-long library career, one thing remains a constant:
It … Read the rest