In the humanities, we shouldn’t have to write budget reports. The library should just give us money to spend.
If our salaries were related to our budgets, those science librarians would make a ton of money. Instead of being related to something rational, like height, our salaries seem to be related to some sort of market.
If Europeans want us to buy more books, they really should do something about that euro. That thing has gone up 78% against the dollar since I started this job. One begins to think, hmm, if there’s any philosophy in French or German worth getting, it’d probably be translated and published in America. Right?
Not that I’m much of a one for nostalgia anyway, but I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to be a librarian before Excel.