I weeded at my old job, they had just switched out the lending software in the past year so we had no details about the last time things were borrowed. I did one of the first passes and just threw out everything that looked terrible and that I couldn't prove people had borrowed in the past year. My co-worker who runs interlibrary loans saved a few because we lent them out to other libraries a lot but in general we didn't hear any complaints. It is really, really hard to throw out library books. People save them from the recycling bin and bring them back to you. It's as if they think you made a mistake. We would hide the weeded books under other things in the bin so that people wouldn't rescue them.
My favourite work moment involved being called by the RCMP saying that someone was accusing the library of copyright infringement and had brought all his borrowed material in as proof. He was laughing about it but I immediately said "Was it Problem Client?" It was. Once I said the right name the officer went immediately into work mode and wanted to know if we wanted to start a file on him. I passed the phone to the director but I was glad that he took it seriously.
Having a friend over for dinner tonight - $25 for groceries. Driving to my boyfriend's city and helping his sister with her kids while she paints the basement - 50 for my share of gas, $35 if I take the kids to the movies. Drinks with friends that evening - $30. Easter day no spending since I've already bought wine for his parents. Monday I clear some stuff out of my parents house (they visited my sister who is far away and lonely) and maybe buy some food($20) if they have none and drive back home.
I definitely wouldn't give him any money, since it would be embarrassing, but I hope the organization is recognizing him somehow. At least I get grocery gift cards even though I'm on contract. I am a bit concerned that Mike and the writer are confused by the terminology, because in Canada it is possible to be a contract employee and not be a contractor, since the company will put in your CPP and tax payments for you. You just don't get any benefits in terms of insurance (which isn't as necessary in Canada), and if you are on contract for a year or less you don't necessary get vacation. I'm a contract employee now because I've covering a maternity leave, and last year I was covering a long term disability leave. I know people who have spent years working at the same place on revolving contracts because of grants and people being on leave. I'm not sure how it's working for this person, but it is possible for it to happen in Canada like that without having all the benefits of being an independent contractor.
@bgprincipessa I've worked in public, government and corporate libraries. I always wore a suit for my interview and usually a skirt suit. It will depend on who is doing the interviewing , but lots of people do appreciate you looking fancy and serious about the job. That's just me though. It has helped me but that's not data. I would say that you can be a lot more funky in terms of accessories for public libraries and whenever I interview for children's librarian positions I wear something that I wouldn't have a problem crawling on the floor in but still looks nice - solid work pants with a cardigan.
I'm on contract so I don't get any vacation or sick days, which is the worst since I'll be working there for a year and I didn't have either in my least year long job either. I get my flu shot and drink all the orange juice and green tea I can and hope it doesn't happen
@MissMushkila I just recently started working at a law firm and I kind of hate having an office. I don't have any natural light which may be a factor, but in my last job I didn't have a desk. I just sat at one of the big tables in the middle of the public library with my laptop facing the circulation desk so I could help out if they needed it. People would come up to me if they had questions and I would be forced to work because members of the public would end up sitting beside me. I love having a regular desk to keep my things on, but I feel really alone and I come home desperate for friendly interactions.
@bgprincipessa Fact: Library school grades are meaningless to life. Read only the truly relevant stuff - by that I mean things that professors aren't regurgitating back to you or that you want to know more about. It can be super hard but unless you want to do a PhD, don't worry about the grades.
I did a practicum (internship for course credit) which was 10 hours a week. It wasn't required, but it was suggested to either do a practicum or do a research project before finishing the master's program. We were told by professors though that if we could get paid experience elsewhere (especially over the summer) then we shouldn't try for the practicum then. It was really valuable for me because I created a whole bunch of web resources which I could point to whenever someone asked if I have ever created online content. It gave me a mini-portfolio. However, doing the practicum and working part-time was hard.
@Lily Rowan I just spent the last year working in a rural community. You absolutely have to contribute if you want to have friends out in the country, even in North America (I'm Canadian). You have to say, I have this skill and I will help with this and all of a sudden you are at a quilting circle making baby blankets for the local hospital or attending a strawberry social. It's way more low key than an urban space and you have to know for yourself if you can handle it and if it is enough of a social world for you, but first you have to really try.