Friday, October 23, 2009

Guns on Campus

This article showed up today in one of my higher education or library feeds (I want to say it was the kept up academic librarian...but I might be wrong).

Basically, there are people trying to prevent colleges and universities from outlawing concealed weapons on campus property. For the record - I don't believe weapons should be allowed on campuses. As one of the quoted educators says - it can't be a good idea to combine youth, drinking, and firearms. That being said, I respect one the issues cited as a reason why the rule needs changing - that the borders of campuses are not always clearly marked, and thus people don't know that they're breaking the rules.

I don't know what will happen with this bill in the long term, but it is something to keep an eye on, particularly as I've heard of similar bills being introduced in other areas.

This isn't a particularly interesting or well thought out post, but I thought some of you might be interested in this article and the issues it raises.

In non-library related news, I'm buying a car this weekend/week (and driving to michigan a week from tomorrow). In theory I have an apartment...maybe. I'm not yet approved, so we'll see what happens.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Start of Something New...

I am currently in the midst of a great existential crisis.

For the record, my life is amazing. I have signed and returned my contract, meaning that I am officially the Government Documents Librarian at Grand Valley State University. It is about as close to my dream job as I could ever imagine getting right out of school and on top of it, the position is tenure track faculty. Wow. Also, I currently have a relocation professional finding me an apartment in Grand Rapids. Did I mention that this relocation service is being paid for by my institution? Life is amazing!

But back to my crisis. How, you might be asking yourself, can she be having an existential crisis when everything is going so well? Her life is awesome! And you know what - you would be right. Life is excellent. But could it be too good?

There was just a post on one of my higher-ed blogs (I don't know which one or I would link) about feeling like an impostor. And I realized - that is exactly my problem. I feel like at any moment someone somewhere will realize that I was never meant to be in this position, I'm not qualified for this job! I'm not even qualified for my diplomas!

For the record, I do know that I am qualified. I know that I will thrive in this environment with these people. But it doesn't change the fact that somehow I am turning into a real life grownup with responsibilities, a car payment, and an actual date for my tenure decision. (You have no idea how scary it was to read that part...even if it is 7 years away, it's still terrifying.)

It's like this xkcd cartoon. Except instead of batman, it's something else. Case in point - the title to this post is a reference to High School Musical...and I didn't even do it on purpose.