lucas dredged me a sandwich
I think there’s a really good chance that I’m gonna be working in low-paid public service my entire life. (I’ve done this to myself: the teaching life, the museum life, the library life.) I’m so glad to be working in this kind of service instead of other kinds of service. I’m so glad that I’ve been able to build 5+ years experience doing this type of work. I’m so glad that I’ll be able to transfer this experience to any other low-paid but ultimately good work anywhere else in the country. I feel really confident that as long as I stay childless, living in an inexpensive city, and with partners and friends, I won’t have to go back to shittier service jobs. I’m sort of proud, too. Of the work I do, of libraries, of being a union member and a municipal employee. It feels right.
I don’t need a degree to maintain any of that, and that’s crazy. I’m already doing so much better than my mother, or her mother before her. I’m so grateful. I don’t want or feel like I need to institutionalize that or go into debt for what amounts to job-training. If I’m gonna do this work I’m gonna just, do this work. As long as I can and the best that I can.
If I’m gonna get an expensive and terrifying graduate degree it’s gonna be for fantasy life reasons.
I also should mention that everyone I know doing work that I really envy in libraries also has a PhD in something else, so I’ve told myself that I could always get a library degree later and shoot for a PhD now while I’m young and brilliant (????)
I’m also on the whole pretty grateful that I don’t have to have a full-time job at this point in my life because I honestly would not look forward to doing this 40 hrs/week
duhdoydorothy a dit :
true! the school is boring and it is crazy crazy expensive and there are far fewer scholarships from what i hear (my MLS is paid for by the dept im getting my MA in)(go dual masters go!)
- dual masters are the thing!! they are really neat
- that’s the thing, too, about feminized professional degrees (shouts to my MSW comrades): underpaid undervalued socially crucial work, hugely expensive newly professionalized education, and very little funding
- dorth does such amazing amazing work in this field and probably that should convince everybody else to go into it
Nope! I’m still an undergradient. I have actual tons and tons of tumblr friends (and irl friends) who have, though. Anybody who is a librarian who is cool with talking about it can comment/reblog and I can ask around if you want somebody else to talk to about it.
I do (kinda) have opinions about library school, though! I had seriously considered it for a long ass time, but I have mostly decided not to take the plunge. Here is why:
- I’m not a billion percent sure that the type of work that I dream of doing* would be exclusively suited to a library degree and I’m not a billion percent sure how stable the ML(I)S itself is and whether or not it’s always gonna be a requirement in this field everywhere
*I have no idea what this is
- It’s a super, super expensive degree compared to the other types of things I’m interested in. That shouldn’t stop you, necessarily? Especially since it’s also a much more accessible degree and, at the end of the day, it’s vaguely more marketable than like a women’s studies degree or some shit. But! I personally think I could spend less money pursuing something kinda similar that I enjoy more, in part because
- from what I’ve heard, the schooling itself is…not very engaging or fun. I’m thinking about grad school because I like research and teaching and library school probably isn’t gonna thrill me.
- The…economy??? Unsure. The girl I got hired in with has her library degree from Michigan. She and I have the same job and make the same money. Lots of the info/ref desk jobs in my building are being offered as Assistant jobs that don’t require library degrees. And the thing is, they pay pretty okay, you know? I’m not really sure that a library degree could offer me much more than the job I am doing now could offer me. And
- I’m glad I got a chance to work in public libraries before I decided to get a degree in public libraries. I like it and I’m good at it and it’s the right thing to do, I think, but I might feel differently if I paid a shit ass ton of money to get certified only to make maybe five dollars more per hour than I make now and also feel like I had to do that exclusively for the rest of my life because I invested so much into it. (Your results may vary.)
Better idea than teaching school, though!!!
my back-to-school-girls-club coworker, who is studying fashion and textile design, asked me to model her pieces for her final portfolio, so I did, and she gave me $10 and I didn’t turn it down because she’s grown and this is her new life career and she said “we could all use $10”
squid cross picket line, obliterate laborz, become human, marry lucas