It’s A Job

The conversation seems to be steaming ahead rather than slowing down regarding speaker’s compensation at professional library conferences. And thanks to Technorati, I found that even non-library sites are picking this up and *gasp of not surprised* making fun of our profession. Again.

Something Steven Cohen wrote (same link as above) echoed what I have been thinking recently:

“…I wind up putting in 16 hour days, sometimes more, and I deserve to get paid for it. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, but it is a job. Once we can get beyond that, the whole Jenny Levine situation seems a bit clearer.”

I also love being a librarian and it is a large part of who I am and how I approach life, but this is my job. J-O-B. At the end of the day, the list of things that are really important to me does not include my library, ALA, or what I have accomplished professionally and I will not be a Job for my profession, remaining faithful when obviously ignored. I think we should be compensated for our knowledge even if it is in some small way.

–Jane, do we want to be actual professionals or are we just pretending?

One thought on “It’s A Job

  • December 23, 2005 at 8:38 am

    100% agree. At the end of the day, what really matters is family, health, friends.

    If we do a job (speak, write, etc), we should get paid for it, not PAY for it. When ALA realizes that speakers are doing a job, then they should have no other choice but to, at the very least, reimburse their speakers.

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