Finishing library school in 15 months and transitioning into a professional job two years after the 2008 collapse wasn’t easy. It took me nine months from graduating library school to starting my first job as a web services librarian at a small college in the South. It took me five months from starting my first job in the South, to leaving it for a vendor in New York. I left my job for the same reasons many people leave their job: Being closer to my family, and higher pay. Yet, part of me felt guilty.
I mean, I’m a librarian. I’m supposed to be an honorable public servant, someone who cringes at the very thought of working for a profitable, capitalist entity, right? At least, that’s the vibe I picked up from mutterings of jaded colleagues. Librarians embody freedom of information, for all… how could I go and work for (and condone) The Man—and the greed for power and money that comes along with it?
My interview/essay piece on the great New York street photographer Michelle Rick was just published by Ethos Review – should be of interest to librarians who are Salinger fans, in addition to fans of art.
What interested me when I had the chance to interview Michelle Rick was not so much a dissection of her photos, but getting to know the heavenly fool herself. What is behind a person capable of producing such beautiful work? If Salinger is right, and it’s “the eyes” of the great artist that allow them to show the rest of us what a splendid planet this really is, what’s the story behind her astonishing vision? Where does the ability to capture these scenes, to see these colors (my God, the color!) that dominate Michelle’s Rick’s work, come from? How on earth does one develop this ability to see?
As far as I can tell from talking to Michelle, love – the ego-less, Karma-Yoga Zen-like moment-to-moment love of living embodied by the true artist – ends up being the answer.
Check out her beautiful photos and my essay at Ethos!
Nothing can save you, but the loafers won’t hurt.
Now that I’m back in working condition and seem to have somewhat overcome a vagary of seasonal sickness, some of which involved needing to stuff cotton balls in my ear regularly, and some which did not, regular posting from yours truly about all matters library instruction, loafers, and the human condition shall begin again.
May you come up on the spot lookin’ extra fly in this new year of 2015,
Thanks to my lovely girlfriend for the new banner.
On Monday Dani wrote a great post reflecting on her first full year as a bona fide professional librarian and we thought it would be fun to offer two different perspectives on the topic, so here’s my thoughts on my first year as a professional librarian working in an academic library:
I wasn’t sure when it was coming out, but I just noticed that my piece called “Joan Didion’s California” was published by Ethos Review.
I’m not sure why (maybe because of the sadness and sense of longing) but it’s one of my favorite things I’ve written. And it’s short, too. Check it out!