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Kirjastonhoitaja

I was just in a faculty meeting at the library I work at (i.e., a meeting of all the librarians who have faculty status, though we don't have a tenure track) where many librarians expressed horror at the fact that the new non-tenure-track faculty manual requires us to focus our efforts on teaching, scholarship, and service. The horror came from the idea that we would be judged on teaching, since, as these librarians said, "we don't teach." I'm a subject librarian with a PhD. I taught as a full-time lecturer/visiting asst prof for three years, and I see everything about librarianing as being a form of teaching: I teach sessions for classes; I teach at the reference desk when I show people how to find articles, and so on. I was horrified at all this horrified insistence that "we don't teach!", but it definitely also did explain to me why the culture of my library seems so disconnected, uncommunicative, and lacking in curiosity. I was never someone who *loved* teaching -- in my heart I like research, all told -- but I'm an extrovert, and I went into academia because I saw teaching and research playing off each other, always, and I liked that interplay: you learn something and you communicate about it with others and help them get it; you create something and you help others create things, and you all share what you're doing. That sterility -- yeah, I've seen that.

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