Why should you be ashamed?
The blog operates under three premises.
- Every single one of us makes choices that affect the betterment or detriment of the profession. Professionals advance or flounder in their careers because of the influence of their mentors and the institution’s investment in their professional development. If we’re interested in being well-regarded in our larger institutions and in society, we have to do our best to nurture young professionals. YOU need to do a better job of explaining to your institution that part-time work, temporary work, and underfunded work are the scourge of the profession and are systematically unsustainable.
- Since archivists and librarians must have professional degrees to be taken seriously in the job market, they must be compensated appropriately. Professional degrees are rarely funded, and often come with crushing debt. We must structure the profession so that the entry barriers are not insurmountable and so that we can pay our debt and still enjoy a reasonable quality of life. We all deserve to be able to feed ourselves. It might even be reasonable to expect to be able to support a family. What we don’t want is an entire profession of people who can only become archivists and librarians because their families can support them.
- If you’re a terrible employer, expect for perspective employees to find out about it. It’s a small community of archivists. We went to school together. We drink together. And we are not afraid to talk about how unsupportive, unfair, or abusive our institutions have been. The time for public shaming starts now.
This is a forum to list TERRIBLE job ads (with commentary!), job horror stories, and more encouragingly, stories of excellent employers and strategies for positive professional development that help us all. We’re much more interested in structural injustices than had-a-bad-day stories, but all content is more or less welcome. Be sure to email any of the owners or contributors to this blog if you want to add content (either under your own name or anonymously). And be sure to check back often!