Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ethnic diversity

Upon arriving at my library just past noon I saw the library director near the employee entrance talking with the property manager. And I kind of wanted to tell her the good news.

My library has been focused on improving the ethnic diversity of our staff for two years now. Because librarians and administrators don't go anywhere these days, ever, we have seen most of the change in staffing in the Circulation Department. I wanted to tell the director that last night we did it. There was not a single white Christian working in the Circ Department. One Hmong. Two African Americans. A Hispanic. An Afghan American Muslim. And me, a Jew, making it through by the skin of my teeth. Loads of diversity.

For many long years I could easily be the great exotic of any of our Circulation crews. Now Internationalism had struck. The melting pot had come. We were America in all its true and storied face. And as for our professional skill? Sixteen percent horrible, thirty-eight percent marginally adequate, and forty-six percent fine. So, same as always.

I wanted to relay the good news to the director, but she was busy, I had things to do, and besides, she hardly ever tells me anything. As it says in her 2 Corinthians 9:6 - "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."

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