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What alternatives are there to librarianship? (This question isn't meant to spark a debate about the state of the profession. Just looking for practical advice.) The job market is tough for everyone. If someone with only a public librarian background was looking to break into something else, is it even achievable right now? Do you know people who've successfully done so? How did they do it? Any leads would be appreciated.
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Dear ALATT, is a hot dog a sandwich?
Anonymous
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If in a position of management (I'm a public library branch manager), what is traditional expectations about giving notice? 2 weeks? 4 weeks? I don't want to short-sell my current employer, but (long story short) I'm hopeful I'll be packing up soon!
Anonymous
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Why does discrimination in librarianship/on the part of some librarians toward minorities exist? How can we combat it?
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Does anyone think that ALA has a too-cozy relationship with vendors -- especially journal publishers whose huge subscription costs are sucking library budgets dry? Roaming around at conferences, I wonder when ALA and its members will say "no thanks" to breakfasts, scholarships, and other gifts from the Elseviers, Taylor & Francises, and Wileys of the publishing world and demand real change in how these companies do business. Or is my perception totally off-base?
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So I got a job working as a librarian at an elementary school, but then I've realized im super shy. Does anyone have tips for a shy librarian? How can I overcome being nervous all the time. I love kids,but I feel awkward around them.
Anonymous
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How do you navigate accomplishing your own library work amidst difficult, moody coworkers? Tips, please!

Recommendations for how to gracefully resign from a toxic organization and/or how to withdraw one’s candidacy from an open position?

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This is more of an anonymous confession: I wish my colleagues would stop telling me stories about the "crazies"--it's totally cool that you don't like patrons with mental illnesses, but maybe you would stop talking about it if you knew your coworker was a "crazy" too.
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Congrats to those who weighed in with their views on the issue of racism in our field. You made it to the LIS microaggressions tumblr. Go check it out! To those who offered their shitty views on the topic: Do you feel awesome now? Are you happy to have made people feel TERRIBLE about themselves and the state of their chosen profession? And outed yourselves as racists? Inquiring minds want to know!

Well, it looks like one commenter made it to the site.  There are 10k people in that group. It is legitimately the largest group of librarians anywhere on the internet.  Yes, some of them will say dumb shit like this. Some have views you and I don’t agree with. Some have views you and I do agree with. I think ALATT is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow and help others learn and grow.  I’ve learned a lot about how to work with people I don’t agree with and I’ve made my mistakes along the way and so has just about everyone else.  I’m sorry that these things get said and that we still have to teach people right from wrong.  In the end… We’re all in this together.  We’re a team.  We party hard and make it happen together.