I would like to join the ranks of librarians who are kind of annoyed about being asked what is sexy about our jobs. I follow humansofnewyork and can vouch they never really ask other people what is sexy about their jobs. I get it is supposed to be cute and is a way to talk about what librarians and paraprofessionals do. I think there is just a lot more that could have been said if they asked a different question.
I actually stopped following humansofnewyork a long time ago because they were sometimes asking people gross questions. I can’t remember the specifics though.
Being asked “What is sexy about your job?” insinuates that you either are, or are supposed to be, sexy. Considering how society judges people’s value based on their jobs, saying I need to prove my profession’s value by positioning it as “sexy” is saying I (as a woman) need to prove my worth by being sexy. Which obviously implies women need to be sexy to have value. This sends up creeper flags.
If you re-phrase the question it becomes more obvious how the “sexy” part is totally unnecessary, except maybe insofar as the question-asker wants to throw their subject off-guard: “What is important about your job?” “What is meaningful about your job?” “What is appealing to you about your job?”
tl;dr creepy creepy creepy
Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, McMaster University
"The impact of perceptual interference on recognition memory"
Oh, I know who this person’s supervisor probably is. They were one of my references to get into my MLIS program. I have fond memories of my undergrad in the Memory & Attention lab, too bad I never get to use any of that knowledge any more.
Aaron Schmidt, Give them what they want: the user experience | LibraryJournal (via thepinakes)
Man oh man, what I could tell this guy about committees. Library websites aren’t really about what the user wants, it’s about letting everybody who works in the library feel special and included and valued. You want to know why image carousels exist? Because everybody wants their stuff on the front page, above the fold, looking flashy. They’re terrible for UX and we still love them because nobody wants to tell Sam from ILL that patrons don’t care about how ILL works.
My favourite (academic) library website is Seneca Libraries. I show this to some librarians and they’re like “Wow! That’s amazing!”, but most librarians say “But where is all the content? Why don’t they have separate pages for their branches? Is that really it?” etc. And sure, it makes me a bit itchy to assume 0 page clicks = delete, but wouldn’t it be interesting, as Schmidt says, to get rid of everything and then see what people ask for? Patron-drive acquisitions, anyone?
I would argue that libraries do not have bad websites because they don’t understand usability, but because of poor management and internal politics.
how do i pack up my entire life in two weeks this is terrifying
I’ve moved six times in the past seven years. Key tip: get rid of as much stuff as you can. Get rid of anything you don’t use all the time and anything you can easily replace. And you will always need more boxes than you think you need.
Congrats to everybody who has just finished their MLIS! Yey, you did it!
Gil Penalosa, the "pied piper for sustainable transportation," quoted in a Globe & Mail profile.
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