You'd think I would have gotten around to this by now but to tell the truth it is really hard to find and then keep up with all the folks that define themselves as "library assistants". So this is just a sample of what is out there and some of the people you may or may not encounter on the job. Might become a monthly feature. We'll see how it goes.
1. Love my job but...
There are a bunch of post that fit this description. Dennis at Procrastination Station primarily writes about his life but there is a post about his current working conditions. Ouch, solidarity man and don't forget to duck.
There there are others that are on the low end of the compensation pool. Well i'll let Lisa describe it to you. The main part of her blog is a mix between her job and her life.
2. Looking for a job...
Yep, there are a few folks that would love to be a library assistant. There are others that wouldn't mind it and a few more that see it as a placeholder position until something good comes along. Some folks like Emily are using a faith based back-up system to look for work and write about their reasons for looking into the library world.
Folks that are leaving that certainly will be missed. You know the type. The person that knows everything in the library and then some that doesn't have an MLS. There is a tribute page at Little City Library for Mrs. Heberlein. From the tribute post you can kind tell she gave far more service to the patron than she was compensated for by paycheck.
On the other end of the spectrum Trinity03 has just gotten a new gig at a library and beginning the transition from student to working life.
Well, that is it for now. If you would like to share your experience as a library assistant or tech drop a comment or email.