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Whatever It Is, I'm Against It



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By: Amy

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:46:45 +0000

"The progressive values that drive this profession"? As a conservative who happens to be a public librarian, I find that interesting and so typical. I so wish that the ALA wasn't a mouthpiece for a political party but alas they are. The problems that I've encountered working in the profession seem to stem from a union mentality of not understanding that there are budgets and a limit to what the taxpayers are willing to pay for. I'm in Michigan and had no choice but to join the union if I wanted to work for a public library. That's democracy at work? I think not. I agree with Spencer and find it refreshing to hear a different take on this mess.



By: spencer

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:33:11 +0000

sorry, but also, if you could get anything at a better quality for less money, wouldn't you? Everything is reduced to cost vs quality.



By: spencer

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:28:53 +0000

I apologize for the auto-correct.. However, to equate libraries with "progressives" or progressive ideals is just downright insulting and silly. I don't think there will be many sharing my ideas, there never are. If they already shared my ideas we wouldn't be in this situation- as a profession.. In fact, I think its this idea of the nature and purpose of our work is something we agree on. I think we just disagree on the quality of the job- on average, not personally- we're doing and what we need to do to make it better. the stats don't lie. Most people don't use us. That's a fact. Most people don't value us as we value ourselves. We are barely competitive on cost per user with for profit companies, and they actually still have to make money when we have the advantage of not having to. These are problems. I don't think doing more of what we've been doing is going to fix them. I think the leaders and impact players will understand and share the solutions that will work to make libraries better.



By: spencer

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:11:48 +0000

yep. Ending one job to direct at another library system.



By: spencer

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 07:22:48 +0000

because we're bogged down with murkey missions and poor leadership.1



By: me

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:55:10 +0000

We already are the best at it. That isn't the issue. The issue is showing the population that doesn't know this what we can do for them.



By: McFinney

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:39:41 +0000

Sorry, but did YOU, Spencer, just complain about "a bunch of Jonah, self important[sic] complainers"? You, who are waiting for public library systems to implode so that you can rebuild from their ruins? You, the self-loathing librarian? I'm assuming that you work in some form of private library setting. I'm not sure why someone with such free-market, libertarian leanings would get into this profession to begin with. But if you're hoping that aging professional ranks means that there will be a new wave of young blood incoming that shares your views, you are sadly mistaken. Most young librarians and library students that I've come across understand share the progressive values that drive this profession. They understand that what we do best is not something that is in line with top-down economic interests. We are information professionals not because people are willing to pay top-dollar for what we do but because equal access to information is one of the fundamental principles of a democratic society and economy. You say that we need to do better with less, that we need to focus increasing the quality of our work product and not the quantity. But the fact is that reducing our work to a monetary figure of profit per hour is to blatantly misunderstand or maliciously misconstrue the nature and purpose of our work. The answer to most of the problems facing libraries today is not to dismantle libraries. It is to continue to connect with people and to help them understand what we're here for.



By: McFinney

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:39:08 +0000

Sorry, but did YOU, Spencer, just complain about "a bunch of Jonah, self important[sic] complainers"? You, who are waiting for public library systems to implode so that you can rebuild from their ruins? You, the self-loathing librarian? I'm assuming that you work in some form of private library setting. I'm not sure why someone with such free-market, libertarian leanings would get into this profession to begin with. But if you're hoping that aging professional ranks means that there will be a new wave of young blood incoming that shares your views, you are sadly mistaken. Most young librarians and library students that I've come across understand share the progressive values that drive this profession. They understand that what we do best is not something that is in line with top-down economic interests. We are information professionals not because people are willing to pay top-dollar for what we do but because equal access to information is one of the fundamental principles of a democratic society and economy. You say that we need to do better with less, that we need to focus increasing the quality of our work product and not the quantity. But the fact is that reducing our work to a monetary figure of profit per hour is to blatantly misunderstand or maliciously misconstrue the nature and purpose of our work. The answer to most of the problems facing libraries today is not to dismantle libraries. It is to continue to connect with people and to help them understand what we're here for.



By: spencer

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 02:45:00 +0000

EXACTLY. Access to information is what we do best. LETS FOCUS on it and shed the other stuff! Lets be the best at it.



By: youthservices

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 23:40:15 +0000

@spencer, do you work? Because you seem to have an awful lot of time to leave repetitious comments.