Prior to my zealous pursuit for the title of Library & Information Scientist, I spoke with several librarians who assured me they loved their jobs so I thought to myself, 'now would be a great time to change careers.' After all, there are only so many playgroups a mother can swallow with an innocuous smile, eh? And hey, I love research and to be honest I'm a bit of a bibliophile. After signing my life away in student loans I joined a librarian listserv. Damn. Who knew?
Librarians are pissed off. They don't get paid enough, they’re not taken seriously enough, and there seems to be long, deep division between academic librarians and public librarians. Not to mention, the granddaddy of all fault lines between 'paraprofessionals' (working librarians without a masters) and those with an MLIS.
Hmmm, it all sounds a little familiar, perhaps a little like the poetry world?
I've decided not to let all this deter me. I mean, it's not as if it's a choice between a career as a librarian and a career as an investment banker--right?
This afternoon I received this cheery news:
'If Buffalo, NY adopts their 2005 Red Budget, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library will close all 52 branches. No services at all. For anyone. '
Media Specialist is starting to have a nice ring, almost a lilt.