Geof's letter could have been a single paragraph, with the email that kicked off the petition as a footnote. To the extent that he explained why he signed the petition, it's all in one paragraph already - all the rest of his editorial is personal information that I don't think is as relevant to his decision as he thinks it is

SAA internal politics are not any nastier than the internal politics of a 200-person DSA chapter

A. Windbag boosted

Emotional labor sucks and you shouldn't do it

I am looking forward to the day that this awful plaque is sent to the Archives and I get to accession it

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President's office said, that looks legit, and instructed the library director to pay the $200, out of the library budget, for the fake-ass plaque

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however the head of Marketing/Communications said, hey, this is great, we're going to announce it in the campus-wide newsletter. Library director said, are you sure? and checked with the President's office

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Our library director got an email saying that we'd won Best Library for our town. She was confused, first because it looked like a spam email, and second because we're not a public library

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There's a company that runs a fake "Best Of [City]" awards scam. They email you and tell you that you've been selected as the best, say, optometrist in your town, and if you pay them $200 they'll mail you your award...

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God damn, my place of work just keeps getting grifted by consultants and other scammers

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I came across a press release for a branding firm that my employer hired. The consultant boasts about creating a "signature scent" for this college. It's a perfume that they spray on all application materials they mail out. They also claim that the admissions department has the scent piped into its offices

I know for a fact that I got my first and second jobs specifically through listing Maynard as a reference. Although I can't imagine he gave me a very positive reference, and I think it's possible they didn't even contact him; just that his name on my resume got me those jobs.

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I'm not a charismatic teacher either - I work on the theory that if there are 1 or 2 students in the room who are tuned in, that's good. Everyone else will get the grade they want anyway

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He wasn't a charismatic teacher and I think that helped me out. I received and retained what he said but I didn't take it as gospel - as a practicing archivist, if my experience contradicted Maynard's lessons, I understood that either he was mistaken or else his concept of the field was out-of-date

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One thing I learned from having him as a teacher was this: you don't need to be an interesting lecturer to be an effective teacher. Most of the students in his class were bored and didn't learn anything but if you were already interested in archives, you got a lot out of his lectures

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