This Side of the Desk

As a librarian, part of my job is meeting with vendors to discuss new databases, get updates about the products we already own, and give feedback.

A few weeks ago, a vendor arrived in her L.A. glory, introducing herself as a manager, title-dropping numerous times during our meeting, and left in a haze of expensive leather and ego.

Dear vendors: we are law librarians. We are not members of this profession for the money. On the contrary, we love our jobs and our patrons and the perks of working in academia. When you arrive in a $400* jacket, clutching a $2000 purse and matching $4000 briefcase, I’m less inclined to listen to your pitch. I’m too busy staring and wondering at your audacity.

*Price estimates based on my own online window shopping.

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