Pirates. I’ve been back to work for a few weeks now. Which, fuck capitalism, but I got a kitty to feed.
Anyway, over the course of my five months unemployed and job hunting, I amassed quite a list of job ad aggregation websites. And some of you might benefit from my acquired knowledge. Look, it’s either that or overthrow the system. Take your pick.
*ahem* Right, back on subject. Most of these are US-centric & NYC-centric, for which I’m only a little sorry, since that’s where I live. They cover a range of LIS jobs, including archives & museums, and a few other related odds & ends.
ALA Joblist Several jobs posted a day, for all levels of experience, across the US & occasionally elsewhere. Of course, every other librarian is seeing those ads, too. Follow it on Twitter: @ALA_JobLIST
SAA Online Career Center Like with many other things, SAA…
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The Scholarly Kitchen
A week or so ago, a monumental thing happened: the number of public-domain books in the HathiTrust digital repository topped 5 million. And since no one (including HathiTrust, so far) seems to be making a very big deal about this, it seems like a good moment both to recap the achievements of HathiTrust and to consider a few of its implications for the future of reading and scholarship.
For those unfamiliar with the outlines of its history, HathiTrust emerged in the wake of the Google Books Library Project, a massive and still ongoing program of book digitization that Google undertook in 2004 in cooperation with some of the most comprehensive research libraries in North America and the UK. The basic outlines of the agreement between Google and each library were simple: in return for allowing Google’s employees to come in and (non-destructively) scan most or…
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I’m sure many of you saw the distressing news last week: the budget resolution for 2016 released by the U.S. House Budget Committee and then passed by the House of Representatives proposes (among many things) to eliminate federal funding for the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS). While this budget is by no means set in stone (the Senate passed a similar budget and the two groups will have to work together to pass a collaborative combination), it is still quite upsetting.
ALA President Courtney Young released a statement on March 25th, expressing her shock and dismay at the U.S. House Budget Committee’s actions. After reading her statement, I honestly felt extremely distressed. For the federal government to express their lack of financial support for our cultural heritage, information, and learning institutions in this way is very upsetting. I consider myself a moderately politically active person – I vote regularly and…
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Anybody with a smartphone can now be a part of the StoryCorps movement. As TED Prize Winner Dave Isay reveals in today’s talk, you no longer have to travel to a StoryCorps mobile booth to capture an interview with a friend, family member or stranger because StoryCorps has created an app, available free to the public. Now, if you can find a quiet place and 45 minutes, you can interview someone whose story has never been heard and immediately upload the discussion to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
When Isay announced his wish at TED2015 last week, the TED community responded enthusiastically, noting that the app could be used to change the narrative of post-conflict zones, honor an entire generation’s stories on a national holiday like Veterans Day, and so much more. The app itself is easy to use, with step-by-step guidance on how to pick…
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From creator Ned Potter: “This is my hectoring library advocacy poster! The point is that if someone asks you about libraries and you don’t give a good account of yourself and your profession, you aren’t just abstaining, you’re actually doing damage.” Acquired from Flickr with permission to use wherever and whenever with attribution.
How many of you have had family members, friends, acquaintances, strangers, etc. ask you why you are in library school or give you a quizzical look and say something along the lines of “Don’t you know that librarianship is a dying profession?” or “But didn’t Google replace the need for librarians?” Of course, we all know that this isn’t true, but if there is anything I’ve learned over the past 2.5 years in library school, it’s that we must be advocates for our profession and, perhaps more importantly, ourselves. The reality is that we will probably never…
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Thanks for writing what many of us are thinking. Those dropping membership numbers are telling.
Mr. Library Dude
Note: This is the second part of a two-part post about the American Library Association.
TL;DR: ALA membership is not expensive when compared with professional organizations of similar earning occupations, but that doesn’t mean it’s not personally expensive for you and me.
Remember that guy running for governor of New York? His whole shtick was the “rent is too damn high!” Not gonna disagree with that. Sometimes I think the same thing about membership in ALA and its various divisions and round tables.
So are the membership costs in ALA too high?
Well…I think it depends on your own personal situation, finances, and cost of living in your area.1 Personally, I have a limit in what I will pay for a professional membership. And nope…you can’t guilt me in to paying more. I’ve also never worked at a library that has covered the cost of an ALA…
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