Wife is considering going back to school for library science. Only drawback: if we do it here, we would probably have to move out to the suburbs. There is also the question of whether there are library jobs available. I hear it's pretty competitive. There is, however, a very reasonable counterpoint to the whiners about competitiveness in this comment:
You people are acting like librarianship is the only profession this sort of thing has happened to. The library world is just a microcosm of what is happening in the US - basically, decent middle-class jobs (like being a librarian) are on the decline, and low-paying service industry jobs (like being a part-time book shelver with no benefits) are on the rise.
To compete in this country for the dwindling number of decent jobs, having more and more education is becoming necessary (MANY people are going back to school for master's degrees in this economy, not just MLIS degrees) even to have a "job that sucks", library or otherwise. Jobs that you used to be able to get with just a high school diploma now require a bachelor's degree (like bank teller, retail manager, etc.). To get this degree or any other, requires an enormous amount of debt, effectively making the borrower a "debt peon" for life. Meanwhile, the top 1% of income controls the vast majority of the nation's wealth. This is just the new face of modern American fuedalism.
If you don't like this outcome (oligarchy, kleptocracy), you shouldn't have allowed Wall Street to completely take over both parties of government for the last several decades. This discussion is just more evidence of how the USA is turning into a third world country.
And, in the interest of fairness, somebody from the place that produced the statistics responded with a clarification that makes things sound less grim:
To clarify, the LJ survey numbers are based only on those graduates who responded to the survey and do not represent all jobs for new grads in the field. So, the total jobs reported of 1,817 does not reflect all jobs of the approximate 6500 new librarians in the class of 2008, just the jobs of the 2,089 new grads responding to the survey. It's still not pretty, as that 1,817 number includes the 220 jobs outside of libraries and all the part-time and temp jobs. Only 1,239 of the jobs were permanent professional positions.Anyway. That's life.
How many of all the 6500 2008 grads did find full time jobs? We'd love to know, but can only extrapolate from the results we did get, that 69.8% of the grads landed full-time jobs. More responses make for better numbers, so 2009 grads, make sure you get counted next go around!
I get very hungry after I eat a slightly smaller lunch. Yesterday, after my 1.49# salad, I was still ravenous. Today, after my sandwich, I was starving. Annoying. I will have to cope.
Okay, I have this big thing I'm not sure how to do to finish today. It's mostly a question of whether the information even exists. It exists, but not in a useful form unless I find a clever way to make it useful. This is why I get paid the big bucks, I suppose.
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