and libraries are unemployment offices."
Or so this article seems to say when it reported that the University of Illinois is attempting to merge the Graduate School of Library and Information Science with the College of Media, the School of Labor and Employment Relations, and the School of Social Work.
But librarians have been saying the same for years, that we've become babysitters, video stores and time-wasting centers for the unemployed and the unemployable.
So why shouldn't college reflect the true nature of the work?
The most important factor I can see in favor of the merger is that a report concluded that combining the schools would create "intellectual synergies."
Oh. My. God. Haven't we all been saying this? That we need greater opportunities for intellectual synergy? I have it tattooed right here on my left butt cheek. Oh, crap, the tattoo guy spelled synergy wrong. It looks like it says, Syndy. That's what you get when you go to a guy who tattoos strippers all day.
What amazes me most about this story is that the Illinois law school has 735 students and the library school has 713 students enrolled in the current class. It just surprises me that the classes are about the same size. But of course, the law students are willing to pay out about 3 times more money for their education, so the university prizes them more. -- Read More
I probably haven't said it enough to bother me hearing it (although most other people would disagree), but the.effing.librarian has books.
I keep saying that all the librarian bloggers should compile their blog posts and publish them, but no one seems to want to do it. But I did it. And I'll say it again, it cost me almost nothing. I had to pay for the proof ($10), but that was all. Except for the 12,000 copies I purchased to try to influence their populariy on Amazon's bestsellers list. But other than that, it was pretty much free.
I used CreateSpace, an Amazon company. They supplied the bar code and the ISBN. And now what's cool is that when the book appears on Amazon, it also includes the Look Inside! feature.
I always like to look inside a book before I put it in my Cart then get busy and forget to Checkout and never remember to buy it. I forget to buy tons of books. And now you can do the same with all the books in the effing librarian's huge library (of two books -- how many books make a library anyway?).
So I feel like an author now. An author who no one knows and who sells no books... but not one of those bestselling, dime a dozen, authors you find in all the libraries. A special, secret author.
Due to underwhelming demand, I have repriced Fame and Fortune and Other F Words at $1,000.
Yes, that's one THOUSAND dollars.
Am I crazy? What do you think. Since it's POD, I'm waiting for the government to tax me on all unsold copies, which is an infinite amount... so I guess I'll be going to federal tax prison.
I've been listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything in my car and I find it amazing that every task took so long to complete in the early days of science. It was common for one single experiment to take a year or more. I'm guessing scientists spent much of that time dressing and fastening buttons.
But yet the research produced the most amazing discoveries. It must be that slow processes produce deep thoughts.
I guess to be really aligned with the purpose of the book, I should call this Work Like an Eighteenth Century Librarian Day, but that century just seems so messy.
So for "Work Like a Nineteenth Century Librarian" Day, I propose that we take our time and do things slowly and seek timeless or even philosophical results. We should ask "Why?" of our patrons, and "Why?" of the question or of questioning itself. Seek timeless understanding. But mostly, take it slow.
Library patron: "I would like to see everything you have on Fratercula arctica."
Nineteenth Century Librarian: "Please record your request upon this document, and I shall begin the research at the first available opportunity."
Library patron: "May I inquire as to the length of time it may take to fill?"
Nineteenth Century Librarian: "I shall endeavor to satisfy your request within six weeks."
Library patron: "Only six weeks? Miraculous!"