Jeffrey Trzeciak in Age Discrimination Lawsuit at Washington University Library – Sound Familiar?

I really wish Jeffery would stop doing such damaging things to my profession.

University of Toronto Academic Librarians

Independent student newspaper at the Washington University of St. Louis writes about the demotion of senior librarians and subsequent law suit launched by librarian against the University on age discrimination in the  Washington University library when Jeffrey Trzeciak arrived. Sound familiar? We saw the same tactics used to up-root professionals and create hostile work environments at McMaster University Library when he was chief librarian. It left irrevocable damage to the library system and the lives of professionals.

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Yearly Stats: 2016

So in 2014 I started this blog for class. I made sure that it wasn’t searchable using online search engines for privacy and yet I still got views from a variety of countries and a variety of people.
In 2015 I had:

  • 171 visitors
  • 39’likes’
  • 76 posts published
  • 20 new followers

I also had visitors viewing from a variety of places:

  • 178 from Canada
  • 220 from the U.S.A.
  • 12 from Australia
  • 78 from the U.K.
  • 1 from Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1 from South Africa
  • 1 from India
  • 2 from Belgium
  • 5 from Spain
  • 5 from from Philippines
  • 4 from Sweden
  • 2 from Taiwan
  • 2 from Saudi Arabia
  • 1 from Sri Lanka

Not bad for a blog that’s less than a month over two years old. ;-)

Jobs MLIS People Can Do

There are more jobs that a person with an MLIS can do than working in a library.

People who do not have an MLIS degree often stop at the ‘library’ part of Master of Library and Information Science, and don’t look beyond to the ‘information part’. This can cause MLIS people to have the exact same conversation over and over again.

Here is a list of things a person with an MLIS can do (it is not an exhaustive list):

  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Curator in galleries or museum
  • Cataloger
  • Records Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Researcher (in many fields)
  • Community Manager
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Data Manager
  • Database Designer, Administrator
  • Content Curator
  • Indexer
  • Informationist (e.g. Clinical Informationists work in hospitals)
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Information Privacy Officer
  • Program Analyst
  • Social Media Curator, Marketer, etc.
  • Project Manager
  • Taxonomist
  • User Experience Designer
  • Writer

and many more.


Rey is a Role Model for Boys

An excellent article written by the geeky dad of a daughter about how Star Wars: The Force Awakens main character Rey is the role model boys and adult boys* of our society who think that women can’t be the bad-ass hero. There are spoilers and bad language but it is a great rant to read.

*I hesitate to call them ‘men’ since they aren’t acting like it if they think that women cannot be the hero

Knowing Things Other People Don’t

“Do you think I used magic?”
Esk looked down at the queen bee. She looked up at the witch.
“No,” she said, “I think you just know a lot about bees.”
Granny grinned.
“Exactly correct. That’s one form of magic, of course.”
“What, just knowing things?”
“Knowing things that other people don’t know,” said Granny.

Equal Rites – Terry Pratchett

This could also technically be said for librarians and other information professionals. :)

The Lumbersexual Proves That Masculinity Is In Crisis – And It’s a Good Thing.

A very interesting analysis of our current clime regarding gender roles, gender schema, gender identity and suicide success rates. While this article comes from Britain it does pertain widely to most Western, majority world cultures’ understanding of masculinity and how people live it.
I hope that the author is right and that this signifies a turning point for the rigidity of gender roles.

Source: The Lumbersexual Proves That Masculinity Is In Crisis – And It’s a Good Thing.