So there is an open position as an education librarian in my area at a Christian college. Part of the application is describing how your faith has lead to where you are in life and a lot of Christ-affirming things.
I’m curious what other folks think about questions like this in a job application…
I am still on the fence as to whether it is wrong or right for a religious institution to ask questions of this nature; however, I feel that having a similar set of religious beliefs would make working for said institution much easier, and also more fulfilling. I’d personally prefer to be able to fully support the mission of my employer. That said, as a Christian myself, I don’t think I would ever have an easy time working as a librarian for a Christian college, as I still have some very strong liberal beliefs, some of which may not be deemed acceptable or appropriate by their standards. I’d never want to feel the need to censor myself in such a way, or feel as though I needed to appear as more pious than I actually am. Of course, it is always great for young people to see all sorts of perspectives in life, but if the mission of the college is to promote Christianity and a major component of the curriculum focuses on that area, then it may very well be that a specific type of person would be qualified or better suited for the job. In that sense, I can see where someone’s religious background would be just as relevant as their other skills.
Then of course, I still have that nagging thought that it is discrimination. So yep, I’m on the fence, not jumping off any time soon.
Interesting discussion. I guess I wonder how the institution would interpret one’s suitability for the position. This is so tricky in the world of double-speak and coded language. Personally, I fall somewhere in between agnostic and mainline protestant, though I’m not active in any particular faith community at the moment. I had a very devout Evangelical upbringing and I minored in Religion in college, so I have a pretty strong academic background in Biblical history and Protestant theology. As an information professional, I would want to know if they expect I will censure “sensitive” or “controversial” information by answering in the affirmative about Christian belief and practice. I think it’s definitely possible to promote Christianity in your institution while still encouraging free thought, but I don’t know that the administration would feel the same way if they are indeed using coded language to find like-minded individuals for library positions.
But—is it legal to do this? It’s kind of a gray area in case law, especially with religious exemptions in hiring for certain types of professions. But I’m thinking this perhaps gets into the realm of that case where a Catholic school tried to claim they could fire a teacher because he’s married to another man, even though he doesn’t actually teach theology or religion at the school. I think it’s still being litigated. So I’m wondering if library professionals would fall under the same category. Hmmm.
Now that cell phones don’t have to power down during takeoff, my new favorite thing to do on airplanes is queue up the title sequence track to Pacific Rim so it gets going as you’re rolling down the runway and then hits that sweet drop around 0:47 right as the wheels leave the runway and your plane is suddenly airborne. Then the song lasts another 4:00 minutes, so it’s a nice distraction from the general discomfort of shifting altitude.
Bonus: It doesn’t matter where I’m going, it immediately makes the trip feel like an edgy epic quest to greatness.
Okay, so, I was reading this lovely bit of meta, and it said something that left me thinking:
I desperately want to know more about Kate’s mom. She is an unknown variable, and as an Argent woman (who probably ‘married in,’ like…
Ah, geez, I so need to catch up on TW. I’ve seen everything up to S3b:E16 (“Illuminated”). Shadow’s recent meta on how TW is basically that lard-based stuff that passes for “icing” on cheap grocery store cakes (not his exact language, but it’s the grossest empty calorie food I can think of) really resonated with me. I enjoy watching the show when I remember to, but it’s not longer “must-see-TV” because I’m tired of being constantly reminded of how simply but tightly written, not to mention successfully executed, season one was. Even season two introduced some really interesting possible character developments but they were promptly abandoned to make way for the new Darach plotline in three.
If I really think about it, I’m pretty sure Allison’s complete lack of realistic mourning for both her mother and her aunt was the beginning of the end for me. And then the complete abandonment of Isaac as anything but a romantic foil for Scott and Allison pretty much sealed it.
But I think I’ll still try to catch up, because talking to smart and interesting TW fans is still very rewarding, and now I know the matrilineal thread is opening back up, so there’s some pretty good incentive :).
Let’s have a Feline Friday! We have images of many Presidential pets in our Presidential Libraries, but few of them are cats. On March 7, 1995, Socks hitched a ride with President Bill Clinton across the South Lawn.
(Photo: Clinton Library, National Archives Identifier: 6036920)
I’m pretty sure I was Sock’s biggest fan when I was 12.
we’re all getting arrested for this
I have to believe the President would die laughing at these.
This is still just one of my favorite copyright things. Primarily because:
- The photo is part of the official White House photostream (photographer Peter Souza), and the WH copyright page states that “Pursuant to federal law, government-produced materials appearing on this site are not copyright protected.”
- But in case it’s third-party content, the site also states that, “Except where otherwise noted, third-party content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License."
- That CCA3.0L states that users are free to “Share—copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format” and “Adapt—remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially” as long as you “give appropriate credit…and indicate that changes were made.”
- Even if you ignore all of that, the concept of parody is protected under Section 107 (“Fair Use”) and simply claiming that the image can’t be altered doesn’t remove a user’s right to parody it.
So while I, too, like to think the president would chuckle at these modifications to what is already a pretty silly picture, it doesn’t really matter in the end because copyright law may be complicated but it’s also elastic and can stretch to include funny gifs that also contain a whiff of social commentary. And that’s why I find Copyright so interesting.
(Source: pleatedjeans, via 221bootylover)
As Garcia’s, a restaurant and store in Matamoros, Mexico, you can buy a pistol-shaped bottle of tequila. (Steve Inskeep / NPR)
Interesting find by the reporting crew on the US-Mexico border.
We saw a pistol-shaped tequila bottle at our local liquor store in MD a few months ago and I’m still kicking myself for not buying it. It would look pretty sweet next to the bottle of Crystal Head Vodka on our shelf.