Friday, June 02, 2006

Lifetime appointment, Recieving a

Academic librarians retire, die, or take better paying jobs. They do not get fired. Unless you are prone to felony crimes, this glorious job is yours until you choose to leave it. Yes, you have a de facto lifetime appointment.

Take advantage of this fact by doing just enough to jump through the promotion/tenure hoops, then coast into retirement with as little work ethic as you care to muster.

7 comments:

AnonymousX said...

See also: government librarian job.

Gus and Fer said...

I'm putting that very strategy to the test when I go up for tenure this fall. Stay tuned for updates...

Sarah said...

As an academic librarian, I must agree wholeheartedly. As an ambitious, change-oriented, and unashamedly next-gen librarian, this can be both freeing and frustrating.

Sarah
The Scattered Librarian

Anonymous said...

Yeah...see I thought this was true for many, many years but at my library people are fired, ushered into early retirement or made irrelevant all of the time.

Anonymous said...

Or we can go on a killing spree. After all we only have one life the government can take just make sure that you take out more than one person that way the exchange rate is in your favor. I see my older coworkers with all their physical problems and I tell myself it is time to hire new people and apprentice them to the fossils before they are put out in the wild so the animals can have an easy snack.

Anonymous said...

What about the Special Projects Librarian? In the libraries where I've worked, that's where they put those "troublesome" people they don't have the nerve to fire. Or, in one library, they reassigned 'em to Government Documents!

Anonymous said...

Assigned them to gov docs? Everyone was clamoring for that position at my library! We all knew it was the cushy job, hiding out in dank, dark areas where no patron every treads, keeping your own time clock because no one ever wants a gov doc, let alone a gov doc librarian!