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.
"It’s a cancer that America helped to create.
The initial seeds of crisis were planted long ago in 1946 with the establishment of the School of the Americas, and the fertilizer was America’s trade and foreign policy of the 1980’s. Both of these resulted in the exodus of people pounding on the doors of our southern borders. We’re like Dr. Frankenstein struggling to manage the out-of-control monster of his own making.”
Quote from “Struggling With a Monster That America Created" by Carol Morgan.
This is why I do not say much on the current immigration news cycle, because I know my history that, it is the creation of U.S. foreign policy.
And it is not just the School of the Americas. You can go a lot further back to things like Gunboat Diplomacy, and I would even argue the Monroe Doctrine and its Roosevelt Corollary. But don’t take my word for it. Read the article where the quote comes from, hit your library and read a book or two. A couple of suggestions right off the top for books to read include, but are not limited to: