From “The Complaint: Complaining About How People Dress on Airplanes" in Esquire magazine.
I would say that should be nominated for understatement of the year. Let us be blunt. There is NO dignity whatsoever left in the cattle movement system that is known as commercial air travel in the United States. And it is not the fault of the travelers. So why would people bother to dress up in any way to get in a flying cattle car given the indignities they will face between the TSA and the airlines?
Meredith Farkas writing “On tenure, after three years on the tenure track.”
I have known this for a while. That we academic librarians are different than the “regular” or “disciplinary faculty.” It is not the end of the world to admit so. Granted, I do not have Ms. Farkas’ clout to say it, and I am not saying that because I begrudge her in any way. If anything, we do need people with clout (or “pala" as we say in Puerto Rican Spanish), saying given a whole bunch of other prominent academic librarians and bloggers who all fawn over the idea of tenure and think we need to be "equal" to the "regular" faculty.
In my experience, I have often felt more kinship with the people in places like student services, the writing centers (I am sure the fact I was also an English major in a previous life helps), and other campus academic units. I could say more (for instance, the fact that faculty don’t really scare me when compared to other librarians), but I wanted to at least record this for now. There is plenty of stuff to think about here, so go read her piece and think about it.