I have like 90% of my reading for one class done. Not gonna worry about the rest for now. Onto my seven hundred page monster for my next class - and by that I mean the class that comes next chronologically in the week.
Monday/online only with a face-to-face next Monday? Done.
Programming is Tuesday in the morning and then archives Tuesday afternoon. I'm going to sleep in a half hour but should have more of starting out with Python done by then. I'm also going to turn some skeins into balls while I do this.
Onto the actual book.
Boring. So dry.
And yet, the actual ways that special libraries work is fascinating. Sometimes there's no way to go 'hey, statistics, and holy cheeseballs we need more statistics stat' without being dry - or 'hey, lol, so many less special libraries now so good luck getting those jobs!!!!1!!!' without being a bit alarmist.
Necessary work, but comparing it to the archives reading on how James Joyce estate liked suing the shit out of everyone, or how Pinochet was a complete bastard and archives helped, or how the US government was a complete bastard about surveillance and Puerto Rico and how archives helped, or how Iraq's archival material was stolen, and hey, can they have that shit back so it can help them? It was just a matter of taking a deep breath, going, 'hey, guess what, you need to know this,' and forcing myself to finish. Yes, forcing myself, and this is a four star. Because as boring as this might have been, it was eye opening, necessary, and incredibly well written. Could this have been, say, funnier? Sure. It could have, but it would have undercut a lot of the importance. And the authors did go for humor, when it proved their point, when it was necessary, and when it didn't undercut their point.
I honestly can't see anyone writing this and balancing the needs and doing it better. So knocking off one star, because I didn't connect with the material as much as I'd hoped, and giving it four stars for being the necessary book it had to be.
And hey, I'm almost 100% sure that I'm not supposed to be on a special libraries track based on this book - but that's not a dig at special libraries or librarians. They do essential work. I'm just not suited to a corporate library, which says more about the fact that they have needs, I have a certain personality and, hey, their needs and my personality have conflicts. Other people have different personalities - not better, or worse, just different - that would make them go 'oh, hells yes, this is for me'.
But I'm also almost 100% sure that I will get vital knowledge from this class, based on this book, and I'm going to put that to good use when I end up where I need to be!