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LIS education in context

A lot of people wonder why LIS education is so resitant to change, being as it is near-universally derided by those working in the field and by library school students themselves. I don’t think it’s that challenging to understand, but I also don’t believe in a just universe where things necessarily come right in the end, so certain conclusions simply don’t occur to me. In that sense I am perhaps a poor Marxist.

In any case.

LIS education in the United States and Canada - everywhere that ALA accreditation holds sway - dovetails perfectly with the prevalent socio-economic and political trends that dominate public discourse and policy in our respective countries. I speculate thus:

LIS education serves to produce a supply of qualified graduates that substantially exceeds what the job market can absorb (I mean this in a narrow sense, in terms of jobs requiring the MLIS as a credential). This accomplishes several desirable ends as far as a late capitalist economy is concerned.

First, producing an effectively infinite supply of qualified graduates cannot help but diminish the perceived prestige and value of the credential, which will naturally tend to drive down wages and degrade working conditions that holders of the credential can reasonably expect. It will also naturally reduce their ability to collectively bargain when beset by unreasonable demands from employers (these being generally of the managerial class which tends to dominates library administration, which is at best an unwilling handmaiden to late capitalist agendas and at worst an enthusiastic proponent of them). We generally refer to this process as “deprofessionalisation” but this is actually something of a misnomer, the MLIS being as it is neither a true academic credential nor a vocational qualification but a bizarre chimera somewhere between the two.

This process also creates a buyer’s market for employers, which will tend to drive wages further down. It also permits employers to hire based on whatever qualities they desire - especially around candidates’ performativity (“fit”) and perceived willingness to comply with institutional priorities over professional ethics - since they have an infinite candidate pool to select from. This can only tend to further entrench economic and socio-political inequality since hires based on such qualities will overwhelmingly select for privilege and external economic means in a field that is already overwhelmingly privileged.

In a broader sense, library schools serve as a valuable labour sink for the wider economy, since they absorb superfluous credentialed labour (e.g. labour with high wage expectations and high social capital) for a number of years, keeping them occupied rather than permitting them to agitate over the state of the economy (or avail themselves of welfare, where that is available, which is similarly undesirable). In the process of attaining the MLIS, many will also take on heavy debt, which will limit the scope of their expectations and political agency going forward, ensuring that their social capital is primarily directed towards earning wages and not towards political reform.

In the meantime, let us not forget that library schools bring in lots of money for universities, particularly as long as their enrolment continues to grow.

Are any of these things good for us, as a profession? Are they good for our society at large in the medium to long term? Of course they are not. But the essence of a late capitalist economy in the anthropocene is one where the only conceivable goal of policy is to borrow time. There is no long game, in LIS education or public policy more generally.

I have met many of them (intro to the manifesto on a new wave of architecture and urban planning)

I have met many of them.

I have met dozens of young architects who reflected our era with their bright visions and were able to spot new trends.

I have met dozens of young architects whose minds were too clear to fit into any of those successful studios producing generic, mainstream designs.

I have met dozens of young architects whose voices spoke about the necessity of vivid urban life in public spaces. 

I have met dozens of young architects whose designs celebrated connections between people and their places through community participation.

I have met dozens of young architects whose hands made alliances with landscape engineers, sociologists, ecologists, NGO workers, graphic or fashion designers and businessmen who were their former classmates or friends.

I have met dozens of young architects who realized the importance of educated policymakers in design process.

 

I have met those who were not afraid to take responsibility that extended the limits of their projects.

 

I have met few who were not afraid of the very word – politics or developers.

 

Yet, I have met way too many young architects crashing the walls of still rigid and technocratic education system. Too many who resigned and perhaps too few who endured and kept struggling their way through.

 

But I saw fruitful products of their work.

Saw great ideas - some appreciated, some deeply underestimated

  

I knew all of these people had chosen more difficult way.

  

Their tiny studios are moving around in our cities and form small alliances in former industrial brownfields or they just don’t have any studios and work on-line from their homes.

 

They collaborate and share their spaces just to reduce their costs to minimum.

 

They offer new services and fascinating designs catalyzing positive environmental, social and economic consequences.

 

They work thousands of hours extra without getting paid.

 

They attend discussions and take part in voluntary projects.

 

They ride their bikes or walk instead of driving cars, they establish new community gardens or design public markets.

 

They believe city is new nature and we have to care for it.

 

They meet, have their parties, do their projects and for now, they fight separately.

 

They do it low cost and aim long term. 

 

They are definitely not the mainstream choice.

Yet there is this sentence in my head – THEY ARE THE FUTURE!

They plant a seed of what we will enjoy in few years or decades of years.

 

Traveling from my young age, having different backgrounds and several schools.

I can proudly say – our cities - Prague, Brno, Bratislava have a creative upbeat. This hub is growing.

Our cities, despite being physically and mentally injured by post-communistic planning, our cities are growing and will offer different solutions.

 

Our path will not be as comfortable and peaceful as the path of Wien or as pictoresque as skylines of Paris, or as cool and progressive as New York as its core seems to be.

 

Yet, there is something very viable in our cities.

Lack of resources has resulted in true creativity.

 

Some philosophers say that strong generation is born in uncertain and tough times. I know we are this generation.

 

 

My deep gratitude and immense pleasure to know all exceptional people from projects reSITE, CCEA, Noc architektúry, project 1x1, Oximoron, NOIZ.SK, urbanACT, Urban Interventions Bratislava, Brno, Prague, Stadlnova, kRAJ, Critical Mass Nitra, Bratislava, Prague, AUTO*MAT, 2ka, demoplan, coll coll, Galerie Cvernovka, Starý prístav Bratislava, MeetFactory, KC Vltavská, Slatinka, Záhrada

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all those who are brave solo runners or people in fascinating projects that I still don’t know.

 

Milota Sidorova

Coordinator |  reSITE Festival, Prague

Post graduate candidate, Urban Design

Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra

Czech Technical University in Prague

 

reSITE Festival

I shouldn’t really need excuses to come to Prague - it’s an interesting city in and of itself - but having a conference to go that bills itself as a “platform to exchange ideas about making cities more livable” makes it all the more worthwhile.

I arrived in Prague yesterday evening and spent my time walking around to get to know the place a little.  The only sign I’ve seen of reSite so far is the Möbius pavilion, pictured above.  It is a pavilion that was created specifically for the festival, and will be the site of some talks and other events, such as a talk about the “city of the future.”  Last night it was a little more abstract, as people curiously circled around it and inside it, admiring the woodwork.

Click here for more info about reSITE and the various activities surrounding it.

anonymous asked:

Can you do a gif reaction for bts and got7 when they are really horny and desperate for sex but you're in the middle of a party and you keep teasing them :3

What am i doing with my life XD

BTS:

Kim Seokjin/Jin: Peasant, you must obey the Princsess

Kim Namjoon/Rapmonster: Ah why is she doing this!

Jung Hoseok/J-hope: Wait she is doing what?!

Min Yoongi/Suga: For f***`* sake !

Park Jimin/Jimin: *gif*

Kim Taehyung/V: You cant resits and you know it

Jeon Jeong Guk/Jungkook: Nope im outta here

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Got7:

Im Jae Bum/JB: Nice one bae, nice

Mark Tuan/Mark: Yeah right like she can…oh my

Jackson Wang/Jackson: Whatever i have Mark…

Park Jin Young/Jr: Well god damn babe.

Choi Young Jae/Youngjae: *laughs* what is she doing

Kunpimook Bhuwakul/Bambam:*cant function*

Kim Yu Gyeom/Yugyeom: Two can play that game….