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Wandering about distractedly
And a long day to end a long week at that.

I've mentioned already the fact that my boss, the library director, announced her retirement for sometime late this summer. Her position was posted last month and today was the closing date for applications. As of 5:30 this evening we had received 51 applications. This seems like a surprising number for a small town library with a small budget and staff. Even more surprising is the large number of resumes that came in from places on the coasts or nearly as far. There are a handful from people who seem pretty well qualified to me, and a couple for people who are vastly overqualified (doctoral degrees, past experience managing much larger places, etc.) and then there are a lot of applications from people with what amounts to no experience at all and even no educational qualifications. (No, I did not apply, for reasons I have stated before.)

Frankly, this is a bit scary. I'm afraid the board will favor underqualified local people who are personally known to them rather than seriously considering some of the better fitting applicants. There are one or two who applied that I know would be utterly incompatible with me, as well. No matter what, I have to stay through the end of at least August, as that's when my pension will be fully vested. After my last experience with a retiring director and the aftermath, I feel justifiably stressed over this.

The process is open to me, I've been invited repeatedly to look at the resumes and offer opinions or suggestions, but to tell the truth, I see no one among those applicants who seems to be a particularly good fit. I do personally know a couple of people who I believe would be very good in the job, but in spite of encouragement from me and others, they did not choose to file an application. So...

It's nice to still be able to see the sun when I leave work. It was above the horizon (just) as we locked up at 5:30. The sunspots are returning at long last, too. In the last month there has been only one day without any visible sunspots, where for most of 2009 the son was completely blank. Now if the weather would just warm up a bit, I might feel better about everything.

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From: cabcat Date: February 27th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps people are after a seachange, I must admit if you're doing a lot of high power high stress managing perhaps a library somewhere would appeal :)
altivo From: altivo Date: February 28th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thing is, there's no way we could pay even half the money such people are accustomed to receiving.
From: avon_deer Date: February 27th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Sadly it's desperation. People when threatened with loss of a home will do anything. We have the same problem where i work. The NHS pays poorly when compared to the private sector. However clinical support positions always get far more applicants in recession, usually from vastly overqualified desperate former profressionals. When the economy picks up again, we'll have trouble recruiting again.

Edited at 2010-02-27 11:46 am (UTC)
altivo From: altivo Date: February 28th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you're right in many of these cases. Unfortunately, the job market in library science has been tight here in the US for years now, even before the current economic disasters.
animist From: animist Date: February 27th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can understand why you would be leery... hoping the best for you!
altivo From: altivo Date: February 28th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'll survive, I always have. Things might not be pretty, though.
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