Wednesday, February 27, 2008

No respect

As some of you may know, I'm a recent library school graduate. Yesterday I arrived at work and in my email I found a message that explained that an unfilled full-time position in our reference department was being reclassified as a paraprofessional position rather than requiring an MLS as it has previously. In the relatively short time that I have worked for this public library, we have lost two full time MLS positions in reference - a department of just a few total positions.

When I first took my library job I was encouraged to go to library school for a Master's degree. They told me that the future was bright for persons with an MLS. Now I'm afraid that future is becoming less and less bright as time goes on.


Angel, librarian and educator said...

If the Wausau stories of those demoted librarians are any indication, the future is not going to be very bright. Indeed, it is a serious lack of respect.

Best, and keep on blogging.

The.Effing.Librarian said...

if only we had an accurate count of how many of "us" there are compared to "them." I can only handle 200 of "them."