I normally try to avoid saying #nofilter, but the black & white landscape I saw this day blew me away. Drove the rental car off-road, then hiked over this ridge in the rain to view this incredible glacier. Not much I can say about this - just amazing.
#iceland #glacier #wild #nature #geonerd
Sugar free vanilla
Why library precarity is a problem - a 30-second rundown
I will certainly write at greater length about this subject, but for now I would just like to give an extremely brief recap of why precarious hiring in libraries is A Bad Idea. It’s quick, it’s dirty, and it leaves a lot of very important stuff out, but I wanted to get some of the big talking points out there.
Jobs that offer no security—that is, no guaranteed income, no benefits, and often no stable work location—select disproportionately for debt-free candidates in a stable housing situation and/or with gainfully and stably employed partners or families (e.g. no inelastic financial demands) and without children or serious medical conditions (e.g. no inelastic time demands). In libraries, these trends discriminate disproportionately against immigrants, people of colour, single parents, and individuals of lower socioeconomic class. This is above and beyond the already significant discrimination, based on visible signifiers of privilege, such individuals already face.
When, as in my industry and area, your field draws draws permanent, regularly paid employees exclusively from the ranks of such auxiliary positions, such inequities project upwards and perpetuate themselves indefinitely. This is exacerbated when seniority enters the equation as a criterion for permanent positions, because you have very literally made “how long can you survive without being paid fairly?” an entrenched part of the hiring process.
In libraries, under-compensating employees and treating their work as “casual” has a long historical precedent; during most of the 20th century the profession, which was heavily female-dominated, generally followed the societal expectation that female employees would be working at their leisure while depending on their husbands or families for income. This historical undervaluing of library labour has unfortunately lent itself quite well to the prevailing upswing of precarious hiring which characterises modern employment more broadly, creating something of a feedback loop of exploitation.
It hardly needs to be said that the grounds of marriage economics and gender equity have shifted greatly over the last several decades; although female domination of the profession persists, very few young modern women (or men) have the luxury of being financially supported by a partner in such a way. This is to say nothing of how discriminatory such expectations were in the first place. Nor were the bulk of 20th-Century library positions precarious in the way that modern entry-level hires are.
Again, there’s much more to it than the above, so please don’t take this as exhaustive. I certainly don’t mean to exclude other voices or other important critiques. These are just a few thoughts to give some shape to the issue.
Really feeling this lately.
screencap meme: mushishi - 綿胞子
This is by far the creepiest episode in a show full of creepiness
Here’s some lovely spring tulips to brighten your #wednesday, half way there to Easter weekend guys! #nofilter #tulips #flowers #spring #redflowers #pinkflowers #yellowflowers #green #nature #topkapipalace #topkapi #istanbul #turkey #easterneurope #turkishrailing #railingdesign #pretty #floral #dslr #nikon (at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul)
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