CHANGES

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 | Uncategorized

Last Friday morning, I went into work as usual.  For me, anyway.  My work schedule is 1:00 until 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday.  One week, I work a Friday and am off Saturday while the next week, I’ll work Saturday and be off Friday.  Once a month or so, there’s a Sunday thrown in, 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

I’d just finished throwing out some discarded reference books since the Webster Groves Public Library is getting set to move back home.  The renovations are basically finished so we’ll be shutting things down at the temporary location after November 18th  and opening back up on December 3rd.

Then the boss wants to talk with me about something.  I go into his office, sit down and hear that the library’s Board of Directors had decided on a little staff reorganization.  Long story short, the position of reference librarian, which, by the way, is my job title, will no longer exist after the first of the year.

My boss, a really good guy, was nice about it.  He told me I could take the rest of the day off if I wanted, which I did.  Which was good since any sort of productivity became impossible and I basically spent most of the last two days drunk, crying or both.

Here’s the funny part.  This was actually not a shock.  A few weeks before(and that cartoon illustrates it), I tried to convey to the people who work the WGPL reference desk that the information business has changed and that reference rooms and reference librarians have to change with it.

I expected this.  I just didn’t expect it so quickly.

So I don’t know who to be mad at.  The Webster Groves Public Library for screwing me over one more time.  Or myself for sticking with a job that passed its sell-by date a long time ago.

But don’t worry about me.  I guess there are researcher jobs out there so don’t go indiscriminately hitting the PayPal button just yet.

Unless you want to.  In which case, go for it.

UPDATE: Words cannot express how grateful I am to all of you for all your prayers, encouragement and support.  You literally have no idea how much it means to someone like me.  Like I said, I’ve got a job for two more months and then we’ll see what we’ll see; I really haven’t even started thinking that far ahead yet. 

As of the first of this month, I also have four weeks vacation coming so I don’t know how that’s going to work.  But I’ll turn something up, most likely out of town and hopefully in the West.  And I’ll have a whole lot less stuff to move this time.

In the meantime, regular snark should resume shortly.

109 Comments to CHANGES

Fuinseoig
November 4, 2012

I’m sorry to hear that, Christopher. It’s short-sighted, in that people will need trained and skilled librarians to help them find and use the information they need, it’s just that a lot of that has changed from print to online material.

It’s not a matter of “Everyone can use Google”; a lot of people don’t even have the first idea what they need to look for, before they even start looking.

Hope you find something suitable!

Don Janousek
November 4, 2012

Not good news. You are welcome to come up here to Nebraska and bunk with me until you find something that suits your ability.

Webster Groves Library doesn’t realize they are losing the best of the best.

Carry on. God will provide. Prayers for you will be said. I’ll even light candle in front of my favorite icon for you. St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians and he is a very powerful saint. Others hold that St. Katherine is the patron of librarians and she also has a lot of muscle. You’ll be fine with these two on your side.

Hang in there.

Jill C.
November 4, 2012

Praying for you Christopher.

Miss Sippi
November 4, 2012

Chris, I am so sorry. This happened to me several years ago and except for adjunct teaching, I haven’t worked since and am living with my mother now. However, there are unexpected blessings in every situation, and I pray you experience many of them.

unreconstructed rebel
November 4, 2012

Chris, so sorry to hear about this. For what it is worth, I too went thru a bad patch in my mid-fifties until I was able to reinvent. Not trying to be too pollyannaish, but things can get better. Good luck!

Daniel Muller
November 4, 2012

Sad. I hope that this is the opportunity for you to find a better job.

St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians and he is a very powerful saint.

Tough and mean, too! Might be a good choice.

Dr. Mabuse
November 4, 2012

I’m so sorry to hear that, Chris! They’re fools to let you go. How many libraries have reference librarians who can actually write fiction? It’s a shock now, but you’ll feel better soon and things will look up.

Steve L.
November 4, 2012

You can come to Red Deer Oilberta and fill ink with us although that seems to be in decline compared to then glory days. Thinking about that at our age we could always point at glory days when the grass was greener on our side of the fence.

We are so conservative out here we are blue or bluer. Only the traffic lights are red and we ignore those too. The sky is blue the Rockies beckon. Spel cheq reminded me this is beef and bacon country

There is a spare room, Keruig coffee maker and health care to die for.

Chris you have a distinct advantage over us plebs.

You have our prayers, adversity is a great clarifier for the mind.

ann r
November 4, 2012

So sorry Chris! Won’t invite you to California. The libraries in our county are in danger of closing altogether because the county is practically broke. When the choice is between county roads and keeping books available for young and old, roads seem to come first. First, having to move, and now having to find a new job, You have really hit a bad patch. I hope you find something soon that you are happy with, and that feeds you.

Mike
November 4, 2012

Blessings, Chris. So sorry to hear this hard news. Our family will be holding you in prayer.

Steve
November 4, 2012

Dear Chris,

I was very saddened to read about your bad news. I can only imagine your feelings of depression, anxiety, and loss. (I share somewhat in these emotions as I was told Friday that I have to leave my wonderful and inexpensive apartment as my landlord, a good guy, wants to give it to a relative. I don’t know what I am going to do as I have no bankroll and am 68 years old).

The only advice and comfort I can give you is to try to stay active and network more with groups and friends. This is what I have tried to do and you would be surprised how people, even strangers, will help. Don’t hang around the house, get out, especially when the weather is good. Use the internet judiciously, it is a depressant and intrinsically evil. Plus, you were getting bored with your job anyway and worrying about when the axe would fall – and now it has so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.

I don’t want to take up the whole page talking about me but tonight I was feeling a little worried about my future but instead of going home I decided to drop by a local tavern, in my very historic section of Boston. After ordering dinner, at the bar, the stranger next to me said: “Don’t you live on Trenton Street? I do and it turns out he was a neighbor from two doors up. He was very nice and offered to help me move some of my 5000 books. That really bucked me up.

It sounds like a platitude but the other correspondents are right when they say trust that God has a special plan for you. Leave it in His hands, you will see.

I have always marvelled at your turn of phrase and droll imagination. You have been wasting this marketable talent. I’m not clever enough to tell you how to apply and expand it but it will be apparent to you after a while. It will probably come in a small, still voice.

Cheer up and use this blog as the shrink’s couch. A lot of your friends would love to help.

For Chris’s many friends, how about donating a few bucks to this website?

All the best,

Steve

Katherine
November 4, 2012

I am no saint, like my namesake, but I will pray for you. I hope this may be a window into finding a research job which will be both satisfying and remunerative.

francis
November 4, 2012

That’s awful, Chris. I find it impossible to imagine that a man of your very obvious talents will be allowed to let those talents go unharnessed for long; but I’ve got to wonder what Webster Groves Public Library can be thinking of, letting you go like that.

dwstroudmd+
November 4, 2012

Prayers ascending!

David Fischler
November 4, 2012

I’m very sorry to hear this, Chris. The wife and I will be praying for you. I’d also like to make the same offer as Don: if you’d care to explore the possibility of librarian positions in DC, Maryland and northern Virginia (and a quick search revealed that the jobs are out there, in federal, academic, and private sector settings), you would be welcome to stay with us to make face-to-face contacts and/or come for interviews. I know moving to the world’s largest open air insane asylum would be a drastic change, but if there’s anything I can do to help you if you want to pursue it, just let me know.

Anna A
November 4, 2012

My prayers are with you. I’ve been there, done that about 5 times myself. Besides the saints mentioned, I’d try both St. Jude and St. Rita of Cascia. They both specialize in impossibility.

Unfortunately, the libraries in the Cleveland area, are also in tight budgets. If it hadn’t been for one of the older librarians retiring, my branch would have lost one of my favorite ones.

Amy P.
November 4, 2012

Aw, Chris…I’m so sorry. If you need anything, please let us know…

FW Ken
November 4, 2012

Been there and done that. Three times in three years, the landed in my current field. My only regret is that I didn’t get into it earlier. Less money, but a lot more interesting and a lot more fun.

You’ll have my prayers, Christopher, because I know it’s hard. But I do believe it’s good.

LaVallette
November 4, 2012

Its when things get though that the tough get going: I see your future as being very bright in the MODERN Information Technology field, In the meantime, remember, you will never walk alone……… and besides our prayers and good thoughts go with you.

The young fogey
November 4, 2012

I’m starting over in midlife too. I bet on the wrong horse by getting into newspapers. This medium is killing that. So I’m reinventing myself as a Web-content writer, in the Wild West of online telecommuting work (one job: made a killing then was kicked to the curb after 12 days). Got a great job now, with a little European firm (we talk on Skype), that I hope to grow into a livelihood some day. Still at the paper but I expect what happened to you to happen to me any day, and nowhere near as nicely. Prayers.

P.S. And if the spirit moves you, you can help me out through PayPal on my blog.

Maureen
November 4, 2012

Somebody’s stuck on stupid, and it’s not you.

(Insert detailed invitation for budget people to perform improbable acts upon themselves.)

I lost my job too, and my new one’s not great, but I didn’t die. You’re a darned good guy and pretty darned smart. You will muddle through.

You might look around even in St. Louis. The colleges might be looking for reference people, and your other skills could come in handy.

Maureen
November 4, 2012

Oh, and a lot of aerospace companies hire librarians for all their journals and materials. You don’t have a top secret clearance, probably, but could probably get one.

sybil marshall
November 4, 2012

Thoughts and prayers!!!

trespinos
November 4, 2012

Chris, I feel sure that a new door will open up for you as this one closes. I feel that way because you are so obviously talented and believe it, people.have.noticed! But more importantly, prayers produce what we have trouble imagining. Oh, and a Romney administration isn’t going to hurt the job situation, either! Take heart.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
November 4, 2012

I’m very sorry to hear this Mr. Johnson. Best wishes on the job search…which will hopefully be easier once we get a president who understands commerce and job creation.

alfonso
November 4, 2012

I pray Barack joins you in the job-search category this week. May that give you some solace.

Beyond that, I trust an even better door is opened for you soon.

Paula Loughlin
November 4, 2012

They are jerks for being so shortsighted. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I am optimistic with your talent and ability something will open up soon for you.

Pageantmaster
November 4, 2012

Prayers for you Christopher.

I think they have missed a trick; they don’t have a reference librarian; they have a leading exponent of the use of information technology.

Take a bit of time, then pick yourself up and see what you want to do with your freedom, perhaps working for yourself.

Milton Finch
November 4, 2012

PayPal is not accepting transactions right now.

Don Janousek
November 4, 2012

Milton Finch: My PayPal went through without any hassle. Hope others will join in and provide our esteemed host with a cushion. I am on a fixed income, but ya gotta help friends in need. Come on, MCJ posters, give Mr. Johnson some help.

Milton Finch
November 4, 2012

It’s up and running for me now.

Muerk
November 4, 2012

I’m so sorry. I was wondering what was up when there weren’t new posts from you. I’m sorry I don’t have enough cash to put money in your tip jar, but please know that you are in my prayers.

bob
November 4, 2012

I’m so sorry to hear of this. Librarians are some of the most under-appreciated people around. You are no exception, alas. As an aside I think it’s the most consistent thing I’ve seen in 30 years now that the most usual occupation of Orthodox converts I’ve known is librarian. God bless you.

Donald R. McClarey
November 4, 2012

You are in my prayers Chris. You have lots of readers and I think we should all keep our eyes peeled for library jobs in your area.

Marjorie
November 4, 2012

Even though it wasn’t exactly a surprise it still has to be a terrible shock to your system. It is awful to be dis-located.

I pray that this will prove to be the prelude to God bringing you out into a larger place. I think it will be. Peace to you my brother.

(And please don’t kick Chris when he’s down. Jesus loves him and it wouldn’t be kind.)

Allen Lewis
November 4, 2012

Chris,

Know that the Grannies of the Apostasy Group and me will be praying for you to land on your feet.

Blessings to you, and here is hoping that you find something suitable soon – hopefully more rewarding than your current gig.

Best wishes my man! Chin up!

Galletta
November 4, 2012

I am sorry to hear this and all of us are praying for you.

Galletta

chey
November 4, 2012

I’m praying too, Christopher, every day.

Milton Finch
November 4, 2012

Marjorie, what about a few jabs with a stick?

Branford
November 4, 2012

Oh, so sad to hear! Thoughts and prayers ascending.

Harmless Idiot
November 4, 2012

So sorry Chris. My son (with an MBA) was unemployed for three years & now working on contract basis doing turn-arounds etc. More trusting God; less job pressure. Keep the faith. If you want to try Columbia, you can crash on my couch while you’re looking.

Michael Berry
November 5, 2012

Sorry to hear this. I will pray that God opens a door for you quickly.

Lakeland Two
November 5, 2012

Thanks for being transparent with us. Our prayers are with you. Been there and know all the things that play around in your head. We love and appreciate you! God has some neat things ahead (doesn’t he always!). It’s hard to see now, but He will carry you. Have you thought about approaching the library with a plan to make them more e-friendly?

Chris M
November 5, 2012

That sucks, Chris. No way to downplay it. I’m really sorry, but I do hope that it brings new and better opportunities for you.

anne
November 5, 2012

So sorry to hear this! Wish we could hire you to bring the Information Age to Good Shepherd, or even just to bring some sense to Binghamton. There aren’t any jobs but you’re welcome to come stay. And in the meantime, you’re permanently on our prayer list.

wayfarer
November 5, 2012

That really bites. Prayers ascending that you find something better and that you are able to find it fast. Will also call on St. Jerome to intercede for you as well. {{{{HUG}}}}

Robin Munn
November 5, 2012

Sorry to hear of your bad news. Wish I could chime in with the “you can stay at my place if you need to while you look for work” offers, but I’m currently on the opposite side of the world from you (seriously, I’m 13 timezones away from Missouri), so the plane ticket might get… a little steep. :-) Still, if you for some reason feel you want to look for a reference librarian job in SE Asia, well, just let me know. ;-)

Robin Munn
November 5, 2012

Should’a remembered about the smileys. Oh well, I’m sure you can work out where they were supposed to go.

Gary Boyd
November 5, 2012

Chris,

Prayers and best wishes.

Gary Boyd
Georgetown, TX

John
November 5, 2012

Sorry to read of your bad news. We have a family motto that carried us through some tough times “Cheer up the best is yet to be.” I don’t know if it helps to remain cheerful but remaining positive is a necessity. Hang in there.

undergroundpewster
November 5, 2012

Praying that you will be guided to something soon.

Dr Alice
November 5, 2012

Chris, I’m very sorry to hear this. I hope and pray that you will find a better job that utilizes your talents. On a practical note, make sure you get to your doctor for a checkup before the end of the year. Utilize those benefits!

Fisherman
November 5, 2012

Christopher,

I went thru this 14 years ago at the age of 52. My wife was just entering her battle with stage 3+ ovarian cancer, with a 50/50 chance of 5 year survival, and I got notice the week of Thanksgiving 1998 that our engineering division was shutting down. With just our savings and COBRA (it was expensive but necessary) we were left with the medical bills and mortgage and no income. It was a bleak Thanksgiving and Christmas.

After 4 months and about ready to head back east, I found a job that opened doors. Today my wife is a 13 year survivor of that cancer and I have the best position I’ve ever held in my career.

You will come out of this as well. Take care of yourself and may God bless you in your search for what He has in store for you next. You will find it.

Daniel aka Fisherman

Mark
November 5, 2012

Sorry to hear the news. That’s gotta hurt. Take care of yourself.

Ada
November 5, 2012

I join the other commenters with heartfelt commiserations. My mother was a librarian and it is noble profession. It hurts to lose a job even when it is expected. Believe it or not I cried once when I was let go from a temporary position.

Consider applying at colleges and universities. They all have libraries. They aren’t facing funding cuts and the jobs are very stable and good benefits. Check their websites for job listings I don’t think they generally advertize anywhere else.

Alexander Scott
November 5, 2012

I’m awful sorry to hear this news. It seems like I’ve been reading your blog for almost a decade – when I read your writing, I’ve always thought of you as intelligent, witty, and well-researched. I think these qualities will serve you well in finding something new.

I wish I could offer something concrete to help, but if you make your blog pay-per-view, I will subscribe! And remember that you are not your job – the reference librarian position can become obselete, but not the man.

Michal
November 5, 2012

I’m so sorry. Prayers are a given.

Tregonsee
November 5, 2012

Such tragic news. Prayers that something new, and perhaps utilizing the creativity you have shown here will appear. Sometimes new opportunities can be well hidden.

Cyndee
November 5, 2012

You’re in my prayers. Maybe this will be a good opportunity for you to find a better job!!

Dale Matson
November 5, 2012

Chris,
I’m a three career man myself. Plumber, Professor, Priest. I’ll tell you what no one else has said. It was said to me by a church friend after I was permanently laid off from my plumbing job. “God must have something better in mind for you.” Please feel free to apply that to yourself.
Blessings.

PNP, OP
November 5, 2012

What you need, my friend, is a rich widow. They’ve kept the OP’s going for centuries!

Prayers ascending.

Fr. Philip Neri, OP

WannabeAnglican
November 5, 2012

Man, sorry to hear that, Chris. I will be seriously praying.

Elaine S.
November 5, 2012

So sorry to hear this! I went through the same thing in 2004… got canned from my newspaper job of 14 years, with only 2 hours notice on a Friday. It was, I can honestly say, the worst day of my life up to that point. It only took me 2 months to find another job, but the new job only paid a little more than half what I made before and things were quite rough financially for a couple of years. But we made it through and are doing much better now.

Being unemployed and looking for work is a full-time job in itself, so please take care of yourself while you’re doing it.

The Little Myrmidon
November 5, 2012

Harvard’s Graduate School of Design is looking for a librarian, full time at the Frances Loeb Library.

Of course, it would mean you’d have to live in Cambridge (or nearby) and you’d have to learn how to say Hovvid Yod.

Oh dear, once they learned you are a conservative, I suppose that would be the end of that. Well, there’s always the insurance biz. as a fall back.

I know you’ll find something.

The Little Myrmidon
November 5, 2012

Wellesley College is lookling for a Research Librarian also.

Will keep looking…

The Little Myrmidon
November 5, 2012

Boston University is looking for a Head of Liaison at the A href=”https://bu.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.dspjob&jobid=294285&company_id=15509&version=1&jobBoardId=1112″>Mugar Library. This is a full-time position, also.

By the merest cowinky-dink they want someone familiar with maintaining a website!

Dale Price
November 5, 2012

Words don’t describe how sad I am to hear this. You are in my prayers.

Jess
November 5, 2012

I’ve been there too, Chris, and I remember how depressing it was. You’re in my prayers as well and I will donate when I can. I gotta say that for me Steve L’s offer would be too hard to pass up.

Tonestaple
November 5, 2012

Chris, I’m so sorry. This is a wretched thing to have happen. I’ve been there and it sucks. But please, while you’re working on the job hunt, write and write and write. Don’t let this time go to waste.

And in the meantime, I and apparently everyone else in known space will be praying for you.

Gregg the Obscure
November 5, 2012

Praying for you of course. FWIW I happened to notice a reference librarian job at Arapahoe Community College in the southern suburbs of Denver.

Paul Austin
November 5, 2012

I was laid off two weeks ago. Then at my church’s small group meeting we prayed. Two days later they put me back on the payroll–although I was looking forward to another job! Still, God moves when He moves.

GB
November 5, 2012

Chris, you are already skilled at internet sales. Why not try it on a bigger scale? You’re already ahead of me! (Not many bosses are looking to hire old folks–that’s what the truth is.)

CarolynP
November 5, 2012

Christopher, Isn’t it beautiful what wonderful, caring friends you have on the innerwebs? Many of these posts make me want to cry, they are so heartfelt and comforting. My family has also dealt with the economy crafted by our Dear Leader, and we’re hoping for employment at last after a 4 year drought. You’re a good person, and you will not only survive, but thrive.

Katie
November 5, 2012

Position Open: Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services/Electronic Resources, Odum Library, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Job Description Summary: Reporting to the University Librarian & Dean of the Master in Library and Information Science program, the Assistant University Librarian Technical Services/Electronic Resources will oversee and manage acquisitions, cataloging, and collection development with an emphasis on electronic resource management. Providing leadership and vision for Technical Services, this person maintains a high level of knowledge and understanding of library management systems, the practical application of cataloging/metadata standards, and their impact on discovery services. The Assistant University Librarian will take an active part in developing and implementing the mission, goals, and objectives for the library, and participate in strategic planning and assessment.

Responsibilities:
*Develops goals, priorities and strategies for Technical Services.
*Collaborates with other library units, campus offices, and the University System of Georgia (USG) libraries, as necessary.
*Demonstrates commitment to personal professional development through scholarly research and publication, presentations, and participation in national and regional professional associations.
*Supervises Odum Library in the absence of the University Librarian.

Open Date: 10/29/2012
Close Date: 02/01/2013

To learn more about this position or apply, visit the Valdosta State University employment site at: https://valdosta.peopleadmin.com/postings/1104
or http://tinyurl.com/VSUAUL

Christopher Johnson
November 5, 2012

Know something, CarolynP? You have to be me, you can only be me, to understand how overwhelming all this love and support is. And it would take the rest of my life to explain why.

Also, in all likelihood, you’re going to figure prominently in the last CJ:AI. So what’s your favorite handgun?

Kathleen Lundquist
November 5, 2012

Sorry I’m late to the party; add my condolences and prayers to the pile here.

Chris, didn’t you say you had a sister in Beaverton, OR? Is it time to pay her a visit?

By the way, we luuuuuuv books around here. Multnomah County has a library district measure on the ballot; if it passes tomorrow, we’ll have one of the best funded (read, most expensive) library systems around. Stay tuned.

P.S. If you decide to try the greater Boston area and get on at Wellesley College (per TLM – that’s my alma mater), you will find yourself awash in material for satire and fiction for decades to come. Just sayin’.

All sorts of possibilities… let that imagination of yours off its leash.

Anglican-at-last
November 5, 2012

So sorry to hear of this, Chris. I will definitely be praying that you find a job that can offer as much to you as you give to it.

For what it is worth, I just noticed two listings at the SIUE website – both in the Library and Information Services department. Not sure if those would be something that would interest you, but the compensation package seems decent.

The Pilgrim
November 5, 2012

So sorry to hear, Chris, but you WILL come out of this on top. It sonds like God needed to close out this phase of your life before he opens the next one. A year ago I lost my job of ten years in the tech sector, and I thought it was the end of the world. A year later and I am so happy doing what I wanted to do all along, and I wish I had made this move five years ago. Change sucks, but it is the one constant in our lives. if you want to look in the central part of Kentucky, just let us know.

ccinnova
November 5, 2012

As someone who’s been out of work for the better part of the last several years, I can empathize with you all too well. I’m praying that you land on your feet a lot more quickly.

Bill (not IB)
November 5, 2012

CJ,

As a FORTRAN programmer I understand all too well about technology doing one in. My job skills were outdated 20 years ago; perhaps I would now qualify for a position at a computer museum.

If I can do anything to help, just let me know.

Harmless Idiot
November 5, 2012

Chris, CarolynP probably doesn’t even have a gun! I, on the other hand, have a sweet Winchester over & under. It would scare the hell out of a wannabe Bishop. I have not applied for a concealed carry permit…too much bulge in my pocket. Can you think of anything more intimidating than a determined 81 yr old widow & her friend, Sugar (small Bishon) and a 12 ga with 2 extra shells?
You do the plot; I’ll bring the hardware !

The Little Myrmidon
November 5, 2012

Boy, that didn’t work. I think I’m missing a
at the end there. Sheesh.

Ad Orientem
November 5, 2012

Chris
I’m very sorry to hear of your job situation. But if you have an MLS and experience in the field with a willingness to relocate I think you may be able to bonce back from this. But I do sympathize. I lost my job at the end of ’08 and was unemployed for 3 years. It’s a tough world out there. Please be assured of my prayers.

In ICXC
John

Alan
November 5, 2012

Start trimming your expenses immediately. You will be moving. Start listing things that you won’t take with you on Craigslist. If you’re renting, getting a roommate will allow your savings to last twice as long. Time is money – don’t sit around just dwelling on your feelings (easier said than done). Don’t try by half-measures – jobs are scarce enough that you have to go to them, and make big changes. Apply for the Arapahoe CC job, even if you’re not sure you want it right now, and crash with me while you’re here (Denver- short term: I’m undergoing a difficult personal experience myself right now). Bail on your lease for a good opportunity – you’ll lose money, but not as much as turning down a job that pays right now. Walk away from a house that’s under water. If you’re leaving, leave much sooner rather than later (when you have much less or no money). Value Place long-term hotels, and a storage unit are good enough. Find things to occupy your time, to keep you among people, and reduce isolation. Volunteer with networks, meetup groups, professional associations, while job searching, to meet movers and shakers and be known as one. Take a crap job to stem the hemorrhaging.

SouthCoast
November 5, 2012

Nothing sensible to add to what has already been said, but you are in my prayers. Take heart, the Lord never sleeps.

Charles E A Johnson
November 5, 2012

Bill(not IB),

What about an assembler language programmer, coupled with plug-board wiring and COBOL and PL1?

Ann McCarthy
November 5, 2012

Praying peace, comfort, a new job and a quick return of the snark for you. You are an amazingly talented guy; whoever hires you next will be very fortunate.

Sheryl D
November 6, 2012

Praying for you to find a better job soon! I put a little in the Paypal tip jar too. Sorry can’t do more (husband’s medical bills) but hopefully it will add up.

Sheryl D
November 6, 2012

Opening for a librarian job out here in the wild west of Oregon:

https://jobs.sou.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1352181061587

decani
November 6, 2012

Chris:

So sorry to hear of your situation, but as others have said, when one door closes, another opens.

Don’t forget law firms. They also need librarians! Typing “law firm librarian jobs” into Google brought up quite a few openings in different parts of the country.

Katherine
November 6, 2012

decani brings up an excellent point. Law firms and (gasp!) large companies often need people with information organization skills. And you can write! Universities are another place still hiring librarians. Good thing you’ve got experience.

harry in St Charles
November 6, 2012

I am very sorry to hear this.We will pray for you.If you need something you have my email.

Harry

ps: write the great American novel,make a billion dollars.You
are a great writer.

Dale Price
November 6, 2012

Not so by the way, I’ll be able to sling some your way on Friday (payday).

SC Blu Cat Lady
November 6, 2012

Sorry to hear this. As I mentioned somewhere else, if you want to pursue opportunities in South Carolina, let us know. Here is where to look for all sorts of jobs in SC. http://www.sciway.net

Perhaps you might consider becoming an Independent Anglican like about 28,000 of us?? ;- )

CarolynP
November 6, 2012

Don’t be so presumptious, Harmless Idiot. I live in Texas, and own 4 guns plus a rifle. An excellent shot, too, by the way, if I do say so myself. Which I just did.
:)

Chris, if I state a kind of gun (like, say a Glock), it’s just going to stir up a massive argument over weaponry. That needs to be a separate thread. So just assign the weapon you think best – I can handle it.

The Pilgrim
November 6, 2012

Carolyn, if you ever want to get in some good hunting, you are welcome on or forty acres.

CarolynP
November 6, 2012

Pilgrim, our farm is adjacent to the LBJ Grasslands – 22,000 acres. But we use it for trail riding, not hunting.

Christopher Johnson
November 6, 2012

That’s the good thing about all this, Alan. Thanks to this recent move, I will, if I have to relocate, have a whole lot less stuff to haul with me. Push comes to shove, I could probably fit everything I own into my truck. And I have other resources to fall back on if the need arises.

St. Louisan
November 6, 2012

So sorry, Chris. Our prayers are with you. I’m SURE you’ll land on your feet.

Just me
November 6, 2012

Dear Chris:

So sorry to hear about this. As you know Chris my DH has been unemployed since leaving the covey of witches in Seattle (Antioch University) that was March 1999. He tried for several years to get other jobs, but they had blacklisted him then and the stalk us to this day. I tell you this so you will listen to this voice of experience. Do not trust women in management positions out there–they won’t like you, and they will just steal from you. Go to the NSF. org website and look at patterns you can draw up by school or by area of interest, etc. Try to see which schools and which departments are doing research in Computer Human Interface–they are the ones getting a great deal of research monies. As an outsider you will have to try to find an “insider” to take you on as a project participant. Good luck with all this Chris. I will keep my eyes open for you. But you cannot imagine how much pain these people have caused my DH. They are terribly mean and without any moral discipline at all. It is your blog site which has on several dark nights kept me from going over the edge. Love you,

Sasha
November 6, 2012

O WEH!!!!

Dear Mr. Christopher Johnson:

I didn’t realise what that “Changes” posting was about until just now, when I actually read it!!

It’s extremely disturbing to hear that your job has been terminated!! As if you needed as much so soon after moving from one place to another.

May God Be With you and Help you in this cruel time – I’ll pray for you.

Therese Z
November 7, 2012

Real estate also needs researchers, demographic mapping and planning of future projects.

I got slapped out of my original field quite definitively almost 15 years ago, and went into this one by complete accident and it’s been great. So it’s easy for me to say but true: God opens a window….

M. L. Martin
November 7, 2012

Well, sorry to hear this and sorry I’m late in commenting. Prayers and best wishes; I’ve been there to a lesser extent.

The Pilgrim
November 7, 2012

CarolynP — Or land covers three ridges and wo valleys… The only way yo cold ride on most of it is if yo had a horse with two short legs on one side, and two long ones on the other!

[...] Commentis looking for work. A reader writes:You may have already read his Sunday post, but if not, Chris revealed there that his employer is laying him off at the first of the year. With your extensive contacts in the blogosphere, could you keep Chris’ situation in mind, and in [...]

Brian
November 9, 2012

Since it’s pretty clear the direction actual in-library jobs are headed, why not come work for a book vendor? We’re the people the libraries are outsourcing all the work to.

https://s2verify.ercdataplus.com/jobseeker/main_intro.php?ERCSESSID=nt6s9rp3rss36buaejgahqsmt3

The Editor
November 9, 2012

Thanks for the suggestion, Brian. It’s just that with the popularity of e-readers, I’m not sure how much longer books have. :-)

GB
November 11, 2012

Winter is a good time of year to apply for a paper route. I’ve worked with librarians on the route before. A lot of people will laugh, but if you are in journalism, it is a good job. Daytime hours are left wide open for whatever you need to get done.

Support The MCJ

Search

Links

Meta