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September 22, 2006 11:37 AM   Subscribe

Help wanted: must be eligible for government secret clearance, and willing to forget everything you learned about intellectual freedom in library school.
posted by lovecrafty (15 comments total)
Awesome. I'm getting my CV ready as I type!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:44 AM on September 22, 2006

Dewey decimal torture? Or do we not?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:45 AM on September 22, 2006

please e-mail your resume to

torresco? torture resource command?
posted by quin at 11:51 AM on September 22, 2006

That would certainly be an interesting job... I wish I were in the field!
posted by brundlefly at 11:51 AM on September 22, 2006

I'd love to see the collection policy there. What are they allowed to read, the King James Version, or will they be flexible and allow for New Revised Standard Version, too?
posted by Hildegarde at 12:00 PM on September 22, 2006

"Son, we live in a world that has shelves, and those shelves have to be stocked by men with MLSs. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Torresco, and you curse the librarians. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Tuesdays with Morrie's miss-filing, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me at those shelves, you need me at those shelves. We use words like Dewey, authority control, collection development. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent cataloging something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very information that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a copy of AARC2, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:20 PM on September 22, 2006 [13 favorites]

torresco? torture resource command?

more information about the company. They offer Operations, Intelligence and Protection services, too!

My favorite part? They're an equal opportunity employer.
posted by lovecrafty at 12:24 PM on September 22, 2006

From the first link:

In managing the Detainee Library, the Chief Librarian is responsible for providing, maintaining and developing library services and operations using reading, recreational games and puzzles, music, or electronic media.

I'm thinking, as far as recreational games and puzzles are concerned, that they've bought a bunch of these from ol' Milton-Bradley?
posted by NationalKato at 12:39 PM on September 22, 2006

That is.. weird. It could be a challenging opportunity to positively affect the detainees quality of life in a small way. But that' probably too much to hope for.

(wonder why my employer sees fit to block access to Hasboro)
posted by raedyn at 1:52 PM on September 22, 2006

That's interesting. If I had such a degree, I would definetely send a resume.

And Secret Clearances are ridiculously easy to get.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 1:58 PM on September 22, 2006

It sounds like a cross between Kafka and a bad Robin Williams movie.

(robocop is bleeding that was sweet.)
posted by Smedleyman at 2:00 PM on September 22, 2006
posted by R. Mutt at 2:42 PM on September 22, 2006

are people really applying for it?

And can i smuggle in the Constitution and law books?
posted by amberglow at 7:07 PM on September 22, 2006

I can't believe this is outsourced. It really does have possibility for lessening the horror, but it's also enabling and covering for it--it allows our govt. to hold this kind of thing up and say, "See, we even give them a full library for their enjoyment"
posted by amberglow at 7:13 PM on September 22, 2006

Hell, I have the degree and the experience. I wonder what my wife would think about moving there......
posted by bradth27 at 8:21 PM on September 22, 2006

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