I wish I were a WHIZZ at classification.
Hello, I'm a baby librarian. This is the Tumblr with fun stuff that corresponds to my words blog, Contrary Librarian.
I’ve been given some resources to make a display on various types of disability, which is a particular interest of mine, from both an academic and personal perspective. But there are SO MANY disabilities and I’ve been given one small table and one small noticeboard and it’s extremely difficult to represent all the disabilities in the information without reducing them to stereotypes which I know are harmful (e.g. I have an autism spectrum condition but wasn’t diagnosed till an adult because I understood autism as its stereotypes which I don’t fit so I missed out on vital support). But I can do it!!!!
The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
Become a feminist.
I’ve done it. I’ve emailed my supervisor saying I don’t want to finish my research and would prefer to qualify now with a postgraduate diploma.
Interestingly, a former coursemate, who is American, told me that PgDips are unique to the UK and both MA and PgDip are equivalent to the MLS in the USA. I’ve not fact-checked this, but he’s a librarian too, so I trust he has…
So I’m definitely doing it right. Time to take advantage of student discounts before it’s official!
I’m currently on a Master’s in Information course at university in the UK. I’ve completed the taught part of the course and need to complete a research project in order to get the MA. If I don’t do the research - end it all here, I can graduate with a postgraduate diploma, because I have enough credits for the assessments I’ve done already. And I’m feeling like stopping here.
The main advantage of the MA compared to the PgDip seems to be that it shows I can research, which would be an advantage if I wanted to go into the research or academic sectors. Which I don’t especially. I’ve had a discussion with a lot of people over on Twitter and the consensus seems to be that since jobs tend to ask for a postgraduate qualification in LIS, without specifying the level, the PgDip is just as valid as the MA.
A recruiter on Twitter mentioned that for many reasons - financial, time constraints, work commitments, etc. - people cannot complete research, so the PgDip isn’t looked at unfavourably. And most people agreed that, here in the UK at least, better experience is preferred over higher qualifications.
So, I’m probably going to end here, drop out of university and join the PgDip club. Stop having it hanging over me, and start thinking properly about what kind of librarian I want to be and how I can get there.
my library has a blackout poetry display with some torn-out pages for people to take and blackout and then add to the display. a+ library display 10/10
Wow. Might see if I can use this idea.