Careers for Women in Uniform
Heiman and Myers
Everyone knows I have a particular issue with career books. This one is particularly interesting as it is all about recruiting women into the the armed forces. Considering the year this was published, I wonder how many women they actually were able to recruit, given anti-war sentiment at the time. I have to laugh at the author’s attempt to make the military appealing to women by constantly talking about how great the uniforms look. Every other page seemed to say “come join the army and wear a cute uniform.” Even in 1971, this is a pretty ridiculous strategy for attracting women.
Evidently, this book is all about selling the military to women using clothes, parties, and fun. I keep thinking they are leaving out a few things.
Submitter: This gem is still on-shelf at [University], where I attended library school. The writing is pretty good overall, but it was the text on page 16 that first had me howling — the kids at the library each *happen* to come across a wonderful book that just *happens* to be written by Sarah Splaver. What a coincidence!
The fact that the tech services librarians have personalities that are “quite different” from the public service staff — such as the “pleasant, enthusiastic” children’s librarian — made me imagine surly catalogers and scowling acquisitions staff hiding out in the back offices.
I was happy to see diversity in the images of this book! Given that it was published in 1967, I wasn’t expecting that. On the other hand, the chapter “Were Men Meant for Librarianship” emphasizes that men are especially wanted for TOP JOBS and administrative positions. ‘Cause none of the ladies are best suited for that, apparently.
The photograph that had me gaping in disbelief was the one featuring the music librarian… as she helps a patron who has a pipe in his mouth!
Holly: The kids in these pictures are about to retire from their librarian careers!
Opportunities in Recreation and Leisure Careers
Submitter: 3 circs in about 9 years, and I can only retroactively apologize to those folks who checked this out assuming it would assist them. I’m also slightly annoyed that “carnival game operator” and “college teacher” are listed together as opportunities. Because those jobs are so very similar…
Holly: How is “college teacher” a recreation or leisure career? Also, what is an “industrial recreation specialist”?