Posts Tagged 'Google'

Best Career in 2008 and Job Satisfaction

LCC Call Numbers:
HF5549.5.J63 Job Satisfaction
HF5549.5.J616 Job Enrichment
HF5549.5.A83 Attitude Surveys. Employee Attitude Surveys.
HD4909-5100.9 Wages
HB2581-2787 Professions. Occupations.

  Academic Librarians appear to be quite happy in their jobs. A recent Library Journal survey shows that librarians really really love their jobs. I mean, their pretty damn happy about it. Who wouldn’t be happy about the ability to justify two hours of Google Reader as “self-development”? Despite their enjoyment, there are a few things these librarians do not like.

  Of the librarians surveyed, 62% said they rated their chances for advancement as “fair to poor.” This reflects many employees fears that there are very few rungs on the ladder when it comes to jobs in academic libraries.

  Salary concerns were the biggest determinant of dissatisfaction with 50% saying they felt that they were underpaid. Although academic librarians are interested in higher positions and salaries, they have no intention of leaving their jobs, with three out of four participants stating they planned on being a librarian until they retire.

  Working in an academic library has perks that are P.H.A.T. in their own right. Tuition waivers for librarians and offspring, great benefits, and better job security would make any employee happy. Add to that the challenge and spontaneity of a job at an academic library and you have a solid case for employment.

  Additionally, 43% said that they feel the profession is doing “a poor job” of representing its value to the public in the world of Google and Wikipedia. Technology is the top concern with one third of the respondents saying that keeping up with technology was their biggest on-the-job challenge (although 100% stated that they had e-mail accounts!).

  In similar news, the U.S. News & World Report has librarian listed as one of the best careers in 2008. They state:

Librarians these days must be high-tech information sleuths, helping researchers plumb the oceans of information available in books and digital records.

  The report also quotes the median salary at $51,400. Technically, I am not a librarian. I am still working on the degree, but seeing that number makes me salivate. I long for the days where instead of barely getting by, I’m nearly getting by. Granted, I won’t make that much as soon as I receive a degree, but it’s nice to hope for a larger salary in one’s life.

  Posting a median salary is great, but I think the number would be more interesting if it was accompanied by ages. What is the average salary of a twenty-five year old librarian versus a fort-five year old librarian? How quickly, on average, does one attain the median salary? Chances are you may never attain the median! Wouldn’t that make a great MLIS brochure slogan?

  I like Eric Kidwell’s statement in the Library Journal article where he states, “Part of the salary issue, I think, we have to blame on ourselves.” Similarities can be seen between librarians being pushed around on salary, the same way they got pushed around by journals for subscription costs. Perhaps it is time to stand up and demand compensation?


Albanese, Andrew Richard. Academic librarians are underpaid and overworked but mostly satisfied. February 1, 2008. <;. Accessed February 14, 2008.

Nemko, Marty. Best Careers 2008. U.S. News & World Report. December 19, 2007. < -executive-summary.html>. Accessed February 14, 2008.

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We’re all about class.

LCC: ZA3038

  One thing we would like to highlight in this blog is the need for classification and proper citation. Where would the world be without the Library of Congress Classification system? It would be in bedlam, that’s where!

  I find it interesting that the system has been criticized for being developed based on it’s relation to the physical space of the Library of Congress instead of “epistemological elegance.” Is the entire system a result of laziness? One man’s gigantic half-assed attempt to contain the world’s knowledge in a numerical system? Perhaps Herbert Putnam is looking back and having a good ol’ laugh?

  This is the main subclass that we’ll be dealing with on this blog.

Subclass ZA
ZA3038-5190 Information resources (General)
ZA3150-3159 Information services. Information centers
ZA3201-3250 Information superhighway
        Information resources (General) – Continued
ZA4050-4775 Information in specific formats or media
ZA4050-4480 Electronic information resources
ZA4150-4380 Computer network resources
ZA4450-4460 Databases
ZA4550-4575 Motion pictures. Video recordings
ZA4650-4675 Pictures. Photographs
ZA4750-4775 Sound recordings
ZA5049-5190 Government information

  I’m particularly that the term “information superhighway” will live on. I imagine this blog as an AMC Pacer on the information superhighway, being passed by the likes of Google, which would probably be the Starship Enterprise at Warp 9.


  All the same, we’ll do our best to make a mark on your interstellar Internet radar. We hope this blog will be useful, informative, interesting, outlandish, and above all classy.


Auto-maniac. Top ten most idotic cars of all times. September 28, 2007. World Auto News and Reviews. Accessed February 6, 2007. <;

Cole, John Y. Jefferson’s Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress. January 11, 2006. Library of Congress. Accessed February 6, 2007. <; <;

Library of Congress. Library of Congress Classification Outline. Accessed February 6, 2007 <; Library of Congress Classification. Accessed February 6, 2007. <;