Right now the Library Research Service is conducting a survey on the worth of an MLIS. (I got in mine 1996.)
For the final comment I had to sum up my thoughts about my experince in the little box at the bottom of the survey. I said:
As a professional degree an MLIS is terribly perishable. The only things potential (library) employers are asking me about are what databases can I search and what software do I know. They don’t see that there is any lasting benefit to the education I got and how I have used it — outside of libraries — for the last 10 years. Non-library employers are the same — different software — but the same questions.
That and the perceived liability of having a masters degree and no “paid job experience” for the last 10 years pretty much makes me unemployable. Damn what am I going to do with all this free time?
Mostly I find the comments on the larger blogs to be so much me-to-ism but this afternoon I came across this comment on a post about a silly anti-non-Christian (yes i made that word up) advertisement used by a California car dealership that was in boing-boing.
One of the greatest gifts of truly understanding the notion of free speech is being neither offended nor particularly interested when someone exercises their right to say something inflammatory. Their speech is, after all, free. And you likely understand by this point that, except in rare cases, you get what you pay for.
I think I got much more than the usual value for this one.
credit goes to one airpool (comment #23)
We’re building a lot of stone walls this year. When we first had the lawns and beds installed we didn’t have the time and money to build the bed walls that we wanted so we used the black plastic edging to keep the grass out of the beds (sort of) This year we’re replacing the plastic edging with stone walls. We’re using cast stones (concrete) in three colors. We’ve done a handful of walls so far.
We did the wall around the bed behind the pergola last fall as a test. Then we bought 10 pallets of stones.
The sea pinks are getting ready to bloom (madly) and the lilies are coming up. I just have to remember to put down slug bait on a regular basis.
I’ve put a bunch of herbs in this bed as well. It’s convenient to the kitchen. There’s a space in the middle for basil. Which I’ll put in when I get the tomatoes later in June.
We did the wall around the bird bath bed last weekend. Once up on a time there were some 40 or 50 tulips in this bed. Five years later we got a poor showing of three blooms. Tulips just don’t last.
The only thing that stayed in this bed are the peonies. Mostly it’s perennials, crocisima, ox-eye daisies, geums, and the like. The little triangle in the front has a few annuals. Calendula for color and stocks for fragrance. Usually I put nicotiana in the front of the house but this year I’m trying stocks.
BTW the wordpress dictionary is woefully ignorant of plant names.