A reader sent in this job ad to me for an "Evening Librarian, Part-Time." That's the title of the job. One can actually be a Librarian of the Evening down in Smyrna, GA for the tidy sum of $10-12/hour. Pretty exciting stuff! The job is available today, so apply now.
Ordinarily, this job would meet all the qualifications of a library job that sucks. It's a librarian position. It's part time. And the pay is pathetic. The question for this one is: is this really a librarian position? It doesn't require an MLS, but only "Enrollment in MLS program." Traditionally, librarian positions require an MLS, so according to that definition this can't be a librarian position. We all know the general public thinks everyone who works in a library is a "librarian," but one would expect people in libraries to know the difference, even in Georgia. Of course there's the library in Wisconsin that reclassified and cut the pay of its librarians because their work wasn't professional enough to warrant needing an MLS, but then kept the MLS as a requirement of the reclassified, less professional positions. However, it seems pretty clear that nobody running that library is capable of coherent thought, so we shouldn't make too much of that.
There are other oddities about this ad as well. It claims to be looking for a librarian (though not one with an MLS), but doesn't have a library, only a Learning Resource Center. That might explain why the ad doesn't know what the term "librarian" applies to in the profession. Why isn't it just looking for a Evening Learning Resource Centerian, Part-time? It's also listed as an "academic" library position. They have some academic libraries down in Georgia. There's Emory, the U. of Georgia, Georgia Tech, etc. I've heard of them. I hadn't heard of the Medix School, but it turns out to be a medical and dental assistant training school, though they also teach the "cosmetology arts and sciences" and have a new program in "welding technology." Does this count as academic? I don't think so, but we all know what an elitist I am.
This fraudulent ad might not be for a library job that sucks per se, but it does seem to represent one more step in the deprofessionalization of librarians. In olden days a librarian position required an MLS, but now heaven knows, anything goes.