Since this blog started in June of 2010, I’ve made it a point to try and keep Hermionish positive. Unfortunately, that cannot always happen…

To date I’ve abstained from responding to an instigative series of emails circulating on the SLIS main listserv — many of which have been anonymous — until this afternoon. In a thread posted on Monday, S.B., a director of library services at a for-profit college shared a rather unfortunate and isolated anecdote,

“About two ago I hired a recent Wayne MLIS graduate. This person had taken courses from many of the same instructors I had, so I thought this person had gained the same knowledge I had. Big mistake! This person was a total disaster. The day I was about to give this person his walking papers, he resigned from his post for another job. I was so angry at the time, I came close to writing Dr. Bajjaly a nasty letter, but my husband talked me out of it.

Needless to say, I will think twice about hiring a Wayne LISP grad in future…”

Here’s my Gryffindor-esque response (I am loyal. Hear me roar):

S.B. stated, “Needless to say, I will think twice about hiring a Wayne LISP grad in the future…”

If that isn’t outright discrimination than it’s certainly bordering on it.

What does the ALA Code of Ethics have to say?
V. We treat co-workers and other colleagues with respect, fairness, and good faith, and advocate conditions of employment that safeguard the rights and welfare of all employees of our institutions.

VI. We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.

VII. We strive for excellence in the profession by maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers, and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the profession.

While I am not interesting [sic] in pursuing a career in academic libraries, I can think of a handful of my fellow classmates that are very much interested — classmates who have went above and beyond and are truly passionate as well as dedicated to the LIS field. I’ve had the honor of working alongside these students and have seen much of their work product. In fact, I wouldn’t even hesitate to act as a reference for these classmates. It’s a shame…in fact it’s really a crime…that they could be overlooked for a position just because they graduated from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science.

I am irate and certainly not anonymous.

JC Brown
MLIS Public Libraries Candidate
School of Library and Information Science
Wayne State University