Tag Archives: Budget Crisis

Plucky, Indispensible Librarian with Floaty Hair

2 Sep

I had my meeting yesterday and know only a little more than I did before it. Basically we’re going to figure this process out as we go along. I have a job for the rest of this school year, but after that? I could get laid off at any time. Same as before. So there’s that.

I wore all black in protest yesterday–less to accomplish anything and more just to express my feelings about the situation. Staff members on campus have organized different days where we’ve all worn black to protest the cuts to education and I felt that even though I’d be protesting alone at least I’d be able to express myself.

In awesome news, my excellent Twitter buddy Nic Piper sketched a quick comic based on my situation and a conversation we had in the comments wherein he called me “a plucky, indispensible librarian with floaty hair.” I thought that was basically the raddest thing ever said about me and told him that I’d want that carved on my tombstone. You can enjoy the full-sized comic here.

Thanks again, Nic. This made my day.

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A Computer Can’t Do This

1 Sep

Every Wednesday I don my bear ears and go on the TV morning announcements to announce the winners of our scholastic achievements prizes. The kids know that when they see me with bear ears it means something good is about to happen.

I have my meeting later today. Send any extra good thoughts you might have my way, please.

Here we go again

31 Aug

I expect to spend most of tomorrow feeling very hopeless and sad.

I don’t know what the future holds, but there are certain changes happening in the library that are anything but good. For the students or for me.

I don’t know how much I can say for certain about my situation, but these changes that are happening are not for the students’ best interests, but in the interest of our catastrophic state budget problems.

Tomorrow I will most likely be asked to create the automated database checkout system that will eventually replace me.

I don’t have any more information than that right now. I don’t know how much longer before I’m laid off again. It could be a year away. It could be a bit longer.

It could be less than that.

I imagine the actual plan itself is incomplete and details are released on a need-to-know basis.

I’m heading to a meeting tomorrow to hear the beginning of my end and how it will all go down. I’m planning on wearing a lot of black. And I’m going to be very sad.

I’ve headed down this road before and I somehow survived, but there’s only so many times I can dodge this bullet.