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rePost :: Why I am Not a Professor

I’ve been mulling taking up graduate studies for over a year now and the only reason I am vacillating a decision is I’m afraid of being underwhelmed.

Teaching was not the only criterion of assessment. Research was another and, from the point of view of getting promotion, more important. Teaching being increasingly dreadful, research was both an escape ladder away from the coal face and a means of securing a raise. The mandarins in charge of education decreed that research was to be assessed, and that meant counting things. Quite what things and how wasn’t too clear, but the general answer was that the more you wrote, the better you were. So lecturers began scribbling with the frenetic intensity of battery hens on overtime, producing paper after paper, challenging increasingly harassed librarians to find the space for them. New journals and conferences blossomed and conference hopping became a means to self-promotion. Little matter if your effort was read only by you and your mates. It was there and it counted.

via Why I am Not a Professor.

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How To Help The Quezon City Public Library

I buy and read a lot of books,  my friends read and buy a lot of books. I’ve mostly weaned myslef from needing to own the books, I only have a handful of books  consider keepers and most are books that you read once or twice and pass on. This prompted us to think of creating a mini library where we could donate our books, and maybe solicit books from friends.  This “dream” is still far from happening too many things have to fall right into place. The depressed me trying to cheer myself up found myslef googling public libraries in qc. found the site for the city’s public library volunteers and I think that this is good enough for now.

Hope I can really volunteer some time and mind power in trying to do my share in trying to improve whatever can be improved etc etc.

I usually treat people when I’m depressed, think this is more productive.

(Fuck I am wallowing in self pity damn!)

Ways to help the library

Posted by qcpl on July 21, 2008

The library, especially the branch libraries, are always in need of volunteers and supporters. Here are some ways you can help.

Adopt a branch library

a. Donate computers

The Main Library and Novaliches Branch are now fully computerized. The said libraries have an OPAC (online computer access catalog), 2 mbps internet connection, 7 computer units for academic research and free encoding for public elementary and high school students. We wish to replicate this to the remaining 19 branches.

You may donate working computers or support by donating any amount of money that will be used to purchase necessary equipment.

P 30,000 covers 1 computer unit

P 1, 000 covers 1 month subscription to the internet

P 7,000 covers 1 dot matrix printer

P 325 covers 1 ink for dot matrix printer

P 200 covers 1 ream of paper

Any amount, when pooled together will go a long way to help the library users in their research and academic needs.

We have prepared a feasibility study on the benefits of an interconnected library here.

b. Donate books

We want also our branch libraries to be complete in the best books, not just children books and textbooks.

To know what are the library’s present collection just go here.

To know what books we need, go here and here.

c. Subscribe to magazines

The main library through the Friends of the Library, subscribes to Time, Newsweek and Reader’s Digest. We hope that through the generosity of the supporters, this will be replicated at the branches.

Be a Volunteer Storyteller or Tutorials Teacher

Teach the students the love for reading. Be a volunteer storyteller for a day. Organize storytelling sessions near schools that will promote a branch library.

Be a teacher for tutorial classes. Subjects will be basic computer skills, information literacy and other school subjects. This program is in the planning stage and is suggested for those who have weekdays to spare. This can be done during Saturdays on the following branches: Main, Novaliches, Project 4 and Galas.

Be a Friend of the Library member

We welcome idealistic and energetic people who want to put their talents to good use whether as a writer, events organizer, fundraiser and friend-raiser to let more people know about what the library is doing.

Thank you very much for your interest and we hope to see you in the future. Please email us at quezoncitypubliclibrary(at)yahoo(dot)com or qcplvolunteers(at)gmail(dot)com

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