One of my adoring readers from the North Star State sent this job on to me. Thanks!
I'm posting this as a library job that would suck--if you were allowed to apply for it!
The Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library is looking for a library technician.
"Principal responsibilities will include overseeing evening circulation student workers, interlibrary loans, and the library reserve and media collection."
That sounds like it has all the prerequsites for a library job that sucks.
"This is a full-time, twelve-month unlimited position with benefits."
Unlimited, indeed! Sounds pretty limited to me!
"Salary ranges from $13.17 - $18.31 per hour."
If you got that top figure, you'd probably make more than the poor sucker who takes that library job in Oregon, so this also has the look of a library job that sucks.
The ad is linked to the jobs page of the College of Saint Catherine library program. It's actually called the MLIS Job Database. And what's so strange about that, you might ask? Read the final line of the ad: Candidates with a MLIS will not be considered.
What about an MLS? Or an MS-LIS? Are those banned, too? Or just the MLIS folks?
It's the first time a library degree ever made anyone overeducated for a job, that's for sure. We've come to a pretty pass indeed when library school graduates won't even be considered for work in a library. Good jobs are hard to come by, and now we can't even apply for the jobs that suck! Soon there won't be any jobs left.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. Sure, it could be considered a good sign that the MCTC library considers this unprofessional work. But denying work to MLIS-degreee holders! There must be a good reason for this, and I think I know what it is.
My heart reaches out to an oppressed group-- the poor losers who are just dying to work at the MCTC and yet can't get those really good professional jobs there. There must be hundreds, if not thousands, of people with library degrees who want desparately to work at a cool place like the Minnepolis Community & Technical College! And the Annoyed Librarian's one of 'em, baby! That's why they have to restrict their search.
But how many positions like that are there? How many extremely lucky librarians could possibly get to work there? About 6, by my count. Six lucky people get to call themselves MCTC "library faculty," as opposed to the lowly "library technician."
So you see the problem. Hundreds of people with library degrees want desparately to work at the MCTC Library. Only 6 "library faculty" spots, and those privileged people ain't goin' nowhere! So obviously the only option is to apply to be a "library technician" in the faint hope of barely being allowed to bask in the glory that is the MCTC.
And now even that hope is dashed on the cruel rocks of fate.
But there's still hope, baby, so shut off the gas and get your head out of the oven! You know what you need to do: Lie! Don't tell those heartless folks at the MCTC about your ALA-Accredited MLS! Erase it from your resume!
And then maybe you, too, will be allowed to enter the hallowed halls of the Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library.
I'd think about applying myself and trying to sneak by them with a revised resume, but with my wit, charm, erudition, and good looks, nobody would believe I'm not a professional librarian.