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Hey Everyone! I wanted to ask about classmates. I'm an MLS student and during classes and other times I've heard my classmates say some really racially and culturally insensitive things. These things are very clearly not out of malice but truly being naive about how important diversity is in Library land (Pardon). For this reason I'm very dishearted and sad that these people will work with the public in the future. Tips for letting this go?
New Hire salary

What are your feelings about employers who always place new hires at the bottom of the position’ s salary scale. Does this not devalue any past experience the new hire has?

PhD in the Library

I recently graduated with my MLS and took a paraprofessional position in an academic library in the hopes of getting some experience under my belt. Recently, my boss and coworker suggested that I should get my PhD because “that is the direction the field is moving” and it may be required for academic librarians. Is this the case? What about for special or federal librarians? 

Anonymous
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After working some good temp librarian positions, I interviewed and accepted a position as a librarian at a law firm. It had been a long process (which is fine) and I had to sort of force their hand when I got another, less desirable offer. I gave my current position 3 week's notice and found that just this week (start in a few days) they have contacted my references with the standard fare- strengths, weaknesses, learning ability, etc. Should I be worried?
Anonymous
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How does everyone feel about non-credit internships/volunteering at libraries? There has been some pushback where I work because some feel that it will cut into librarian "duties" and eventually effect hiring.
Anonymous

I have a patron, technically an adult, around 18-19. He is mentally disabled, and spends a lot of time in chat rooms using his full, legal name. This behavior is dangerous, but not against the library’s computer use policy. Despite repeated cautions and warnings about it, he continues. What should I do?

Anonymous
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How do you deal with toxic, lazy coworkers who spew horrible things about everything?
Anonymous
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My library has begun staffing one of the ref desks with Library Aides when there aren't enough Librarians to go around. Some of the surrounding Libraries have gotten in trouble with civil service for engaging in this type of practice. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with this? Should the Union address the problem, should someone contact civil service? Is anyone experiencing this at their place of work?
Anonymous
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Advice greatly needed. Should I apply for a job that could produce a happier, more productive and professional work environment but create a much longer commute or stay in the current, far more toxic position which is a shorter commute from home. No chance of moving homes either.
Anonymous
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Do you believe that libraries tend to be more ethical than other organizations? I am having a very difficult time reconciling the idea of “equal service to whoever walks through the door” with what I have seen in the libraries that I have worked at (both large and small, public and academic). Any tips on holding onto your personal values in such circumstances?