It’s been 12 years since the Twin Towers were attacked, 12 years since the Pentagon was savaged, 12 years since an incredibly heroic group of passengers took down a jet rather than have it used as a weapon. And yet. I can still see those horrific images, still feel the shock.
My students were 6 and 7 years old when it happened. They may remember the grownups in their lives being upset, but they likely don’t really remember. They’ve grown up in a post-9/11 world, where it’s always been normal to be patted down and searched before getting on a plane, and having the government poke through your business is business as usual.
I mourn for the days when we didn’t really worry about terrorist attacks, when we could travel in relative peace and comfort, and when we didn’t look with suspicion on people who looked like they might be from there.
In memoriam, please take a moment to reflect on those who died, especially Howard Kane.
Eternal Rest, grant unto them, Oh, Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.
I must be getting old.
When I was a kid, my parents informed us that we should go to school to learn a trade/occupation/skill that would allow us to make a living and support ourselves and our families. We all had jobs in high school and in college that helped to pay for tuition and extras, and were rather menial in nature: clerking at the Big Name drug store, filing at Dad’s Place of Work, spending a summer making pots and pans at the factory, working in fast food, landscaping. We all recognized that these jobs didn’t pay well because they were essentially unskilled, unlike that of a nurse or engineer. If you wanted a better-paying job, my parents would inform you, you had better get that education so that you could do so. End of story.
Now there’s a lawsuit going on in which workers at various fast food restaurants are suing because they don’t make a living wage.
I agree that $7.25 an hour wouldn’t be enough to live on, much less to support a family. But when did we start to think that unskilled labor – and that’s what these jobs are – should be paid the same as skilled labor….just because? I understand that college isn’t for everyone. However, these folks could get a different job that pays better. Or get an education to learn a trade that pays better. Why is it the fault of the fast food industry that fast food workers aren’t paid well? That has always been the case – which is why in the old days, fast food workers were mostly high school and college kids. It’s why “do you want fries with that?” has become the punchline of jokes.
I know it’s hard out there. (From very personal experience – but that’s another post.) But personal responsibility needs to come into this at some point, yes?
Baghdad has designs for a new library, which is the first to be built in the city since the ’70′s. While I’m not a fan of most modern architecture, the design of the library is interesting and quite beautiful. Its sinuous shape is meant to resemble the Arabic word for “read.” Cool.
You can read more about it and see pictures on Curbed. Take a look.
We have a Talbots store here in the building where I work. (Yes, the university is on the top two floors of a shopping mall. Weird, but it works.)
I don’t tend to shop there very often, but yesterday I felt the urge. I went in, bought a cute skirt at a substantial discount, and went on my merry way.
This morning I opened an email from Talbots:
It was so nice to see you the other day here at our Rochester store! We look forward to seeing you again soon… and sharing our exclusive e-mail offers.
Thank you again for being a Talbots customer.
What a lovely message! How could we use this in libraries, especially for those patrons that don’t come in very often? What wonderful, positive reinforcement. I have one of their customer cards, so I’m assuming it tracks when I come in, and it no doubt registered that I hadn’t been in the store in quite a while. Why couldn’t we do that with library cards?
The Movers and Shakers, Emerging Leaders, and Rock Star Librarian movements make me feel like I’m back in high school, longing to be one of the cool kids but never quite getting there. I had my moments, but was never part of the “In” crowd.
I’m annoyed with myself for feeling left out, not quite good enough…but there it is. And I have a feeling I’m not the only one feeling this way. I know the awards and programs aren’t intended to make the rest of us feel bad, and are to recognize those librarians who have something significant to contribute. It has, however, had the unfortunate side-effect of marginalizing those who aren’t the Chosen Ones.
Given all this, I was delighted to read Karen Schneider’s take on the issue. Thanks, Karen. We needed that.
It’s an icky day here in Rochester, with rain, freezing rain, occasional snow….you know, spring in Minnesota. On any other day, I would shrug my shoulders and wait for the warm to return, but today I’m flying to the ACRL conference in Indianapolis. Unfortunately for me, my flight goes through Chicago, which is apparently receiving a more severe version of what we have going on, and my flight was canceled.
I’ve never had that happen before.
Luckily for me, I booked through Travelocity. I called them, and a wonderful woman named Pat worked with me for 20 minutes and managed to get me re-booked on another pair of flights on a different airline that routes through Minneapolis. I now leave a few hours later than originally planned, which gives me time to check email and have a cup of coffee.
I am seriously impressed with Travelocity. Pat was helpful and understanding of my plight, and did her very best to get me back on track an on to my destination. All I had to do was sit back and be patient.
I’ve booked travel through them before, but never had the opportunity to use their services to get me out of a jam. Given my experience this morning, I will always book with them.
Of course, this gets me thinking about how this can translate to my world in the library. Are we being as helpful as possible in assisting our patrons, especially when they have a crisis? If we are, we will have gained an ally for life. I know that Travelocity has earned an ally in me this morning.
From my wonderful home state of Wisconsin, a judge has banned a Racine man from “all the libraries on the face of the earth.”
Read about it here.
Well, done, Your Honor. Well done.