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July 10, 2005


Mark Danderson

I have to say that I am more than impressed with Josephine’s ability to critic a movie at such a tender age. But I do agree with her, Sideways was a bit of a disappointment.

However, it hit a cord with me. The character Jack is almost a clone of my brother Bob. The movie resonated with me because I have lived many of those very same moments with my brother. I’m fascinated by characters such as Jack/Bob, the total emersion in hedonism is something I never quite understood. That ability to disassemble; “I love my fiancé – bring on the next girl before I go,” is truly a fascinating ability. Great if you can pull it off. I know that Jack did not come across as a sympathetic character, but I do admire people like that in that they live life with a gusto that is truly breathtaking in its expanse. There was a time, when I was younger, I would have been judgmental of such behavior. Now that I am older, I am more nuanced in my feelings. Hedonism’s weakness is that it is too absorbed in the self. We are not alone, we are not islands, our individual actions do have consequences (sometimes dire consequences), for those around us.

The trail of devastation left behind by such a lifestyle is a price too high to pay for the freedom it brings to the individual. Funny, but that is the message of Occidentalism (isn’t it), their critique of us is that we are too hedonistic. But then there philosophy of the collective over the individual has its own dire consequences.

Bob Riley

You are indeed a lucky man. What advice would you have for librarians wishing to pursue a directorship or asst directorship? Publish, PhD, Service???



Thanks for the recounting Scott; it's very enjoyable reading. And it appears to me that the Governor of Alabama--or at least somebody named Bob Riley--is seeking your advice. Now that's an accomplishment!

Alas, the reading life...The more you read, the more you regret what you didn't read. I just renewed my subscription to the New York Review of Books, and pretty soon will tack on the New Republic. All of this on top of the plentiful magazines that I never got around to already! It makes no sense, really, but then again it makes perfect sense for me.

Bob Riley

Alas! At least I'm doing a little better than Ima Belcher of Collin County Texas.

T Scott

Assuming that this Bob Riley is not the governor of Alabama, I'll respond by saying that I don't think the Ph.D. or a strong record of publications is essential for getting a director's job in most academic health sciences libraries (although it is certainly an asset). In general academic libraries, however, (particularly the larger ones), the PhD is generally required. In either case, however, a strong record as an established administrator is what's going to really make the difference. Excellent people skills and good communication skills are going to be near the top of what search committees are looking for. A couple of years ago, AAHSL developed a guide to recruiting and selecting library directors. It's directed towards people responsible for making those hiring decisions and provides some insight into what AAHSL, at least, thinks are the most important elements. You can find it on the AAHSL website here: http://www.aahsl.org/document/ACF92A2.pdf


Thanks for the info.


I’m intrigued by your comments to Bob Riley. As a new grad though, how does one get administrative experience?

T Scott

Sarah -- rather than continue this discussion in the comments, I've used your question to lead off my entry for today, here: http://tscott.typepad.com/tsp/2005/07/leadership.html


I don't want to be a director, but a reading vacation sounds wonderful - although mine have to be a reading-and-knitting vacation. And try as I might, I can't do both at once!

I also have to agree with your assessment of Sideways. I expected it to be 'this year's Lost in Translation,' and was severely disappointed.


Great..Keep it up spending time with your children..=)

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