Friday, May 27, 2016


Ate us?

A Thirsty Followup, Two Years Later

Hi everyone,

I'm Atrus, and about two years ago, as a wee undergrad, I posted a Thirsty about whether or not to go into librarianship.

I just wanted to tell you all that I'll be graduating in a week with my MLIS, and that although I'm still sending out job applications left and right, I know that I've chosen the right career path.

Thank you for all the advice that you gave me back then, especially you, Cassandra -- I ended up taking classes in Digital Humanities, data curation, and cataloging, and I think that your advice was one of the things that reinforced my decision to do so.

(And I'm still a regular reader of the Miz.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

10 Years Ago on RYS. Some Summer Advice.

Call me Professor Patrice from Pennsylvania, though 2 parts of that are phony! Allow me to offer some advice for professors over the summer:

  1. Don't read your email. In fact, compose a little vacation reply so that you'll be spared the endless questions about grades. There's no sense in you worrying over it. I know you did a good job with grades, and letting the students stew over their Cs and Ds for the summer will do them some good. Most of them will have forgotten your injustices to them by September, so why get involved in it now.
  2. Resist the administration's pleas for summer "help" in registration, advising, and the rest. I know this is a delicate thing. But once you become a 'go-to girl' for problems in June and July, you will be hounded forever for 'extra' duty. Disappear from campus - and from town if possible.
  3. Prepare a LITTLE bit for next Fall. This is probably not your FIRST summer break as an academic, so don't spend a great deal of time worrying about Fall 2006. It'll come. You'll be fine that first day. You know what to do in a class. If you have a brand new offering, then by all means do some reading for it. But a sure recipe for burnout is to worry away summer while thinking about Fall.
  4. Keep in contact with a few grad school friends, especially the ones who have good jobs at good schools. It's always good to see how the 'other half' lives, and it's even better to stay connected to a little network of other profs who can be useful to you for future job searches, setting up of seminars, etc.
  5. Do something mindless. Do a lot of things mindless, in fact. You've chosen a career of the mind for some nutty reason, but the job has a built-in 'recuperation' period. This is it, baby. Go bowling. Put on a floppy hat and go get some margaritas. Drive to the ocean and put your toes in the sand. Let your brain have a break.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Some things you can't discuss with even the most divinely snarky colleagues. From Curly.

Ever had a crush on a student?

"Crush" as I understand it has more to do with excessively dorky interest in the person / excitement at seeing them and less with slavering sexuality, but you all are welcome to answer the question as you prefer, as you no doubt will. 

No need to share what you did about it unless you want to (and if the answer is "it was 50 years ago and I married her despite our 30-year age gap," SPARE ME.) 

And be honest, dammit. 

--Curly Charlan 

Dr. Amelia tries to be a matchmaker in this early thirsty.

So periodically, Dr. Amelia has the little flakies work together on something in pairs. She often assigns the pairings (and assigns groups, too), since when the flakies do it themselves, they often seem to learn less for some reason...So she tries to pair up people who can learn from each other, based on what the assignment is.

However, there is always that one kid. The one who talks a lot, but has little to say. The one who doesn't have the social skills to match their position in a college classroom. The one who starts talking and doesn't stop even as all the other eyes roll up to the ceiling. The kid is smart. S/he has some of the best answers in the class on written work.

Q: So when I assign the pairs, do I put hir with the popular but too cool for school kid who learn a lot from the pairing, or from the nice, but long-suffering kid who is also smart, but too kind to protest the match?

Give me my grades today

Mildly amusing, surely we have some response to the same tune? Give me your essays today?

Suzy from Square State