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I don't think that anyone could have had their credit card numbers stolen or anything like that, but you could definitely change someone's profile information, including mailing address, contact info, employer, maybe even their name

When I joined SAA and got that username and password combination, I assumed that the creation of that account was triggered by my joining SAA, and that's probably the case; but it turned out that people who'd joined SAA before there was a website *also* had accounts created for them, whether or not they ever used them, or whether or not they were even still alive. So I could log in as any SAA member, alive or dead, who hadn't changed their password yet.

When I was logged into the SAA website I could look up any SAA member's profile, and since the URL used their SAA username - which, again, contained their ID # - I could determine the username and password for any SAA member. But wait it gets better!

For various reasons I was just remembering when I joined SAA in 2011 and got my automatically generated username and password for the SAA website. Both the username and password were generated from the letters of my name and my SAA ID number, which seemed kind of worrying, because it suggested that if you knew someone's name and ID # you could log in as them, as long as you did so before they changed their password. But wait it gets better:

Anyone who uses the phrase "maker space" in earnest is not my class ally

Got an email invitation to a Library Instruction Team meeting today. I was unaware that we had a Library Instruction Team, and I definitely didn't know that I was on that team

The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at a public University, over two years, looks like about $32,000. It's hard to tell someone they should take on that kind of debt, on top of undergraduate debt, for the chance to earn a librarian's salary

I'd love to be able to say "don't go anywhere that won't give you a full-ride assistantship" but I don't know how common those are anymore? My Alma mater handed them out left and right but that was a while ago

Feels like the best advice I can give is along the lines of: don't go to any library school where you have to pay full tuition; don't attend an online program unless you can do it for free; don't go to Simmons or Pratt for any reason

I have a student assistant who will graduate in the spring and is preparing to apply for library programs, they're asking for advice and I don't really know what to tell them

I know this is an extreme opinion but I am coming to believe that library conferences are for the birds!

I guess that's the professional-managerial class for you Mastodon

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