Andromeda Yelton

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better late than never

December 9th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The biography “Napoleon” by Emil Ludwig recently arrived at Toledo’s main library, with a brief note that read: “I removed this book from your stacks in 1949 and did not check it out. I apologize. It’s an excellent book and in good condition.”

And this, I guess, is why your circ clerks need to have some discretion about fines.

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  • Rebecca Traub

    Hi, Andromeda! I, too, was a middle school Latin teacher. Why did you leave teaching? I now work in a small academic library that serves only graduate students. What a difference! I was thinking that now I spend my time thinking, reading, learning, instead of the constant pace of middle school. It’s great!

    • Andromeda

      Oooh, awesome! (And thanks for stopping by the blog.)

      Lot of reasons I left…one of them being that I wanted my life to look more like yours does now and less like mine did then, so it’s good to hear that’s working out for you ;) . (Only graduate students! Huh, wild. I wonder if it’s where my father-in-law went.)

      So yeah, I definitely wanted more quiet time, more learning and thinking, less emotional intensity. And just…more of a chance to grow. Seems like with teaching there is a fabulous learning curve at the beginning but there’s no career path from there. But with libraries, people take their degrees in so many different directions, and there are all of these big unanswered questions about The Future Of The Library, and I like to be in the midst of change and fundamental questions.

  • Andromeda

    Oooh, awesome! (And thanks for stopping by the blog.)

    Lot of reasons I left…one of them being that I wanted my life to look more like yours does now and less like mine did then, so it’s good to hear that’s working out for you ;) . (Only graduate students! Huh, wild. I wonder if it’s where my father-in-law went.)

    So yeah, I definitely wanted more quiet time, more learning and thinking, less emotional intensity. And just…more of a chance to grow. Seems like with teaching there is a fabulous learning curve at the beginning but there’s no career path from there. But with libraries, people take their degrees in so many different directions, and there are all of these big unanswered questions about The Future Of The Library, and I like to be in the midst of change and fundamental questions.