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nvm. this came out wrong.

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3/14/12 2:00 P

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Just saw your reply to this message from ... er ... last year ... Think maybe I haven't been spending enough time on Spark? :) Anyway thanks for posting it. I thought it was fun and I hadn't heard of Gwyneth before.

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Great Article! I saved it for times when people ask me how our library is doing. I'm also going to send it to my director. I feel your frustration, Newmom- our library can only afford one MLIS, and it's not me. I'm not sure if it would be in my best interest to go for the degree, but I know that if I should ever move from here, I wouldn't be able to do what I am here because I don't have the degree. And , my director has mentioned that new health care laws state that an employee over a certain number of hours has to have health care, so I'm sure the next few people we hire here will be part time, and some of our part timers here will have to have hours cut. Frustrating!!
Well, on a lighter note, here's an article that my son sent me. It's a "pep talk" for librarians and those who appreciate them. Get the word out about all that we do!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answ
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Wow, that was a very thought-provoking article. I have recently started volunteering at a local library, and at first I was amazed at the item circulation. The most often checked out items are DVDs because there is NO local video rental store, but I was amazed at the number of books and audio books that are checked out at the same time. Even more amazing is the number of reserve requests that are processed every day because many of the library materials are in high demand. And like the article points out, a lot of the patrons that come in to the public library are utilizing the public computers and internet access (wi-fi internet access is offered, and a few patrons do bring in their own laptops to use in the library). I can only imagine what would happen if the services (and budget) were scaled back because some short-sighted individuals view the library as an archaic relic.

As a current MLIS student, this type of attitude is frightening because is greatly impacts the job opportunities that are and will be available. I'm noticing that a lot of current library job postings in my state and surrounding areas are for part-time or half-time positions, so that libraries can cut staffing costs by reducing benefits. While I hope that this is a temporary trend, I have a feeling that until the economic crisis settles and the public realizes how important public libraries and their services are, this is going to become the norm.

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Hi friends,

I read this article the other day and I've re-read it a couple of times, because it so perfectly captures my frustration at the attitude of some people that public libraries are unnecessary these days "since everything is on the Internet". I thought I'd post it here for a little discussion among my Spark Librarian friends.

defendingthepublicgood.org/2011/04/2
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As someone who graduated 2 years ago with my MLIS and hoped to work in a public library setting, I feel especially frustrated that this attitude has led in many places to big reductions in library funding. The library where I had hoped to work in reference had a retirement coming up when I was about to graduate, yet when that librarian retired, the position was replaced with lower-cost assistant hours instead of with another librarian. I can't blame the library for wanting to save money, but I felt a little bit lost. When I graduated, I took a job as a technical support person and web developer - not in a library at all - and I don't regret my job (it's fun and it pays well, and goodness knows it's hard to have any kind of full time job these days). But I feel like I am missing out on what I trained for: to be a reference librarian.

What do you think of the article? Of public/private deals like LSSI? If you're a library student, what do you think your future job may be?

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