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@Heather F G I find this infinitely fascinating as well! There's a librarian website (Hiring Librarians) where hiring managers do surveys on what their expectations are for interviews, including appearance, and I could read them for HOURS.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm 0

On Here is Your Open Thread

@erinep You know, my coworker that is leaving said the same thing to me - people in the area have heard about the personalities here... It's pretty bad when in your first month after you start the job you start a google doc titled "questions to ask at future interviews" that hopefully will make it obvious if there are toxic issues. Thanks for responding! I hope things get better for you soon!

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm 0

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@garli This is kind of how I feel, I'm glad to hear you say that. The hopeful part of me thinks this is not normal and workplaces can be much better, but the cynical part thinks this is just your run of the mill office dysfunction, and there might not be any escape. I don't want this environment to kill that hopeful side. Not to mention that the dysfunction is causing this library not to innovate, which means I could be behind in experience with various industry standards if I stay too long. Thanks for your thoughts! @Lily Rowan Yes! I guess I know what I'll be working on this weekend!

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm 0

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@jalmondale That's possible. My rate here is not so good that the money is keeping me here. I am mostly worried about the employment record it will give me. This is my first professional job (meaning since I got my MLIS) and the other job is technically an adjunct position at a community college, so its a 1 year appointment, I don't know about the possibility/likelihood of reappointment. I guess these are really things I'd have to think/ask about before taking the job, not before applying necessarily.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm 0

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Work question: I started a job 6 months ago and it appears that I might have wandered into a toxic environment. I work with 7 other librarians and about half of them, it seems, are negative, bitter weirdos who dig in their heels on any kind of progress or change. There are two, maybe three in the group who seem nice/normal. They come to work, make small talk, and share knowing looks about the other half's craziness. I just found out one of the 'normals' is leaving because she's bascially being bullied and the management does not have the inclination and/or paper trail to get rid of the offenders. I've so far been left alone by everyone, but I can see that this won't be a long term situation for me. How soon is too soon to look elsewhere? Extra credit: I commute about 45 minutes-1 hour over a large body of water. There's a position open in my town (would be less than half the commute time) but it's only 3/4 time. Should I apply?

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm 0

On Tipping Housekeeping is Controversial? (No It Isn't)

The way I see it is this: we are blaming the wrong people for this. People who complain about tipping are terrible, but what is really evil is devaluing the workers you've built your industry on. Tipping is OPTIONAL (I mean not really to decent people, but what happens if you don't?) so what Marriott is saying, and other employers of service workers are saying, is 'The decent wage of our housekeepers is optional. We aren't going to force you to make sure these people are getting what they deserve, but it sure would be nice if you did.' And putting out envelopes makes it glaringly obvious that this is the way Marriott sees things. I'm not saying the burden shouldn't be on the customer for the service they get, but I'm saying it shouldn't be optional. Put it on the bill!

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:20 am 1

On Tipping Housekeeping is Controversial? (No It Isn't)

@ATF Yes, this is what I was going to say essentially. I am happy to pay more for good service. I would rather do it through built in costs than remembering to have cash, even if hotels want to add a line to my bill for housekeeping service and pass that directly on to housekeeping staff.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:16 am 1

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With $400 Shoes

@Red Good info, thanks! I have a stainless steel ESQ watch that I really love (was a gift several years ago and I've worn it almost continuously) and looked at those first for a second watch in gold or two-tone to mix it up, but I just wasn't digging any of their current models. I will look at seiko and citizen, though!

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:04 am 0

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With $400 Shoes

@JNC Musings Factory Oh cool, thanks for the tip! Yeah, I was looking at reviews and it seems like they're generally better for kate spade, and the one I've got my eye on is pretty reasonable.

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm 0

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With $400 Shoes

@annev17 This is good to know because I have been in my job six months and haven't bought myself anything nice besides work clothes and I was thinking of buying a kate spade or marc jacobs watch!

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm 0