A kind reader sent this in a couple of weeks ago, but I'm just getting around to it. My more relaxed approach to the AL hasn't slowed down the email any, so I'm even more behind than usual. Still, I wanted to post it before the application deadline so everyone would be able to apply for it.
This was forwarded to me from some ALA listserv, and I just had to post because it had all the requisite elements for a library job that sucks. The ad's also available here.
Requires an MLS? Check.
Not even a real job? Check.
Waste no time in diving into the pool of librarians over at California State University, East Bay. I shudder to think what they'd look like in swimsuits.
"The University Libraries of California State University, East Bay is establishing a pool of librarians (Assistant Librarian rank) for temporary, part-time employment for the 2008/2009 academic year (July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009)."
So much for that librarian shortage. Wouldn't it be exciting to almost possibly have a temporary part-time library job? The possibly non-existent job might not seem that great, but you'd get to possibly not work for CSU-EB, and that would at least look good on the resume.
They want people to teach courses and provide "quality reference service." You can tell they're really serious about "quality" by the way they go about hiring people, because we all know the way to guarantee "quality" services is to rely upon a shifting group of temporary part-time people who most likely have bad pay and no benefits and no commitment to the organization. That says "quality" like nothing else. It says a lot about the quality of the library as well.
But just because it's a sucky job doesn't mean they don't want good people.
Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited institution; familiarity with the principles of information literacy; recent teaching experience and/or education in teaching methods; recent experience and/or education in the provision of academic reference services; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work collegially in a diverse, fast-paced environment; a strong service commitment; a willingness and ability to serve students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Preference will be given to candidates with recent professional experience in reference or instruction in an academic setting. Preference will also be given to candidates able to work regular shifts on nights and week-ends, and who are able to work at our Concord campus if needed."
They don't expect much, do they? Excellent communication skills. Experience. Flexibility. Etc. It makes the librarian shortage lie all the more bold. If there are people with all these qualifications and experience, and they're any good, they should be able to get full-time jobs if they want them. Obviously they have no librarian shortage in East Bay. They're so thronged with librarians out there that they put the extras in pools just in case one of their real librarians doesn't feel like working some day.
You still have a couple of weeks to dive in to the East Bay librarian pool, so don't delay. If you don't apply to be a part of their pool, you know you'll regret missing that great opportunity for the rest of your life.