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Friday, August 04, 2006


An academic librarian advises hiring committees not to drag out the process into an "Endless Searche" lest their desired candidates get offended and take a job elsewhere:

Few recent Ph.D.'s searching for faculty jobs would reject a tenure-track offer out of resentment over how the search process was handled. But academic librarians are in a seller's market and may be able to afford that luxury. [!!!] A good academic librarian might not think twice about turning down an offer, since a move elsewhere is not only possible but will almost certainly come with a raise and an increase in prestige and responsibility.

Methinks Dr. Gilman's perspective is one-sided. After all, as far as I can tell he got a plum job at Yale straight out of library school. Or maybe the problem is with me not being a good academic librarian. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

I was talking to J.E., my coworker who taught English in China, about the possibility of my doing the same. He said his Chinese wife recommended I do it. I asked why. Because, he said she said, I'd pick up a wife easily, being the sort of guy Chinese women would find very handsome. Presumably that means more than "having an American passport," but I didn't want to inquire further into her rationale. Anyway, sounds interesting.


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