The Magpie Librarian: A Librarian's Guide to Modern Life and Etiquette

Right after I got hired by my library, I went to my first big library staff meeting. Another hire and I were introduced to the other librarians and there was applause. “See?” the presenter said, “We hire new people sometimes!” Cue the nervous laughter. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I later came to realize that our system wasn’t going to be hiring any new librarians in the near future. This other librarian and I were the last two full time (non-grant funded) librarian hires. That was almost four years ago. Now, my system has over 200 library worker vacancies that we can’t afford to fill. And that’s just in my borough alone. People who graduated from library school just several months after I did, regardless of how talented or smart or deserving they were, could not find a public service library job in NYC. If I had…

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