Monday, March 30, 2009

Sign of the times

This just kills me. I was reading the Movers and Shakers issue of Library Journal and came across Carlie Webber, an innovative YA Services Librarian recognized for her depth of knowledge about teen books and pop culture. As an avid reader of YA fiction, I was so interested in her that I popped over to check out her blog only to find out that, due to budget cuts, her position is being eliminated. Just as an article about her outstanding contribution to her field goes to press. Ouch.

I guess nobody is immune to the current economic crisis. But if the very best in our field are losing their jobs, what does this mean for the rest of us?


Kevin said...

And what really bites: think about the people we know who will keep their jobs no matter what?

3goodrats said...

Yes, I was just discussing that with another person who doesn't have much seniority.

Carlie Webber said...

Hi 3goodrats,

I'm sorry to be slow in my response (I guess I'm more turtle than rat), but I wanted to thank you for posting about this. My job has meant a lot to me and it breaks my heart that the voting members of BCCLS decided not to continue funding the position past the '09 fiscal year. There's a longer explanation as to why the position has been cut, but I'd prefer not to discuss it in a comment.

Thanks again for your support.


3goodrats said...

Carlie, I hope you are able to get a job that's even better than the one you're leaving!