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Friday, July 08, 2005

Blogging and the Career

There have been a lot of articles recently about blogging and its detriment to one's career. In particular, the Chronicle of Higher Education has one about librarians:

What were those applicants thinking?!

2 comment(s):

I agree! How bizarre that they would choose to share their blogs with the interviewers! That lack of judgement alone makes them iffy candidates. :)


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:28 PM  

They may have been thinking that the search committee would be more interested in their scholarly work than in their private lives, or that they'd take the time to request "an obscure journal or book chapter" rather than google for water cooler gossip fodder, or, maybe, that they would be more concerned about what qualities that that person would bring to the department, rather than looking for excuses to circular-file their resume, as many search committees do.

Not that any of these expectations are realistic, if "Ivan Tribble" is really representative, but that doesn't excuse his idiotic criteria for excluding candidates. For crying out loud, he rejected "Professor Turbo Geek" for knowing too much about computers. Insecure much, Trib?

Hiring committees have the upper hand now because of the glut of MLS graduates and the relative scarcity of positions. One can only hope that, if/when the economy turns around again, one or more of Tribble's staff members quit at the worst possible time to work in information systems and, on their way out the door, tell him, "Yeah, I used to blog about computers all the time, but then I read this article in the Chronicle..."

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:16 PM  

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