[Libs-Or] Volunteer Opportunity

KendraSchwindt kendraschwindt at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 12 10:23:32 PST 2011

Hmm, I actually pondered this for a while before finally deciding to post here (deciding if indeed I might look good covered in tomatoes):

On the one hand, I *wished* for something like this when I was starting out. College provided only the disjointed big picture.  I desired the process, the detail.    As someone who loves organization/organizing/creating, I continue to give and volunteer of myself in these areas as my time permits. Volunteering makes me feel good, I meet new people, gain valuable knowledge, and generally have a good time as there is less pressure (no office politics, more flexible schedule, no evaluations, etc). Volunteering allows us to shift from "it's all about me" to recognizing everything and everyone else out there that is struggling too, including businesses.

Yet, I am painfully aware that the bottom line drives everything in business....and a library *is* a business and as a business we have to think of ways to continue to spend responsibly and within our means.  Bartering has been and always will be an accepted mechanism to get what we want. In spite of the economy today, there are still folks that love to give of their time and talents and there will continue to be businesses that desire those folks.    

I think this is a prime example of  "the glass is half full/half empty" syndrome and I see nothing wrong with their posting this opportunity.   I also see nothing wrong with a little spirited discussion.  

...one moment while I take my position on the stage....yes, okay, I'm ready for the lobbing of delicious, red ripe fruit.   After all, red is a power color and I make one darn tasty salsa!

Kendra Schwindt
1st Career: College Information Manager 
2nd Career:  still figuring that out and available for loan (contact paulw at wintersassoc.com  for more information about "Executives on Loan")

From: Alan Cordle, PCC Library 
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 9:35 AM
To: Xan Arch ; (libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us) 
Cc: satya.jaech at providence.org ; D Cohen 
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Volunteer Opportunity

Rather than preying on desperate library school students, Providence should hire a librarian, experienced in starting a library from scratch.  The paid librarian could then recruit an intern (preferably paid and/or offered credit) to assist.

Since when is it "professional" for a librarian not to have a public opinion on the de-professionalization of librarianship?

Also disappointed,

On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM, _____> wrote:

  Dear Alan and Donna,

  . . .  I'm very disappointed with your public condemnation of this posting.
  Without background knowledge of the center and its funding, besides what you find on the web, it would be far more professional for you to let well enough alone. I know many of the library students in the area are interested in additional work experience on their resume and this could be a great opportunity for them.

  On 1/12/11 8:52 AM, Alan Cordle, PCC Library wrote:

    "The center houses an endowed chair in applied health care ethics and two endowed lectureships: The Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., Visiting Scholar and the Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Care Education."  Instead of dismissively asking for a "volunteer" librarian, the Center should instead consider an Endowed Librarian -- especially since the expectation is to set up a library.


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