I have been seeing a notice in more and more job announcements. It is usually written thus:
"Recent and soon-to-be MLS graduates are encouraged to apply"
I have applied for some jobs that included that statement and did not even get an interview. It is beginning to appear to me that many years of experince is used to weed out those of us that are older librarians either unconsciously or deliberately. This is not anything I could ever prove in a court of law. It is just a gut feeling.
It is important to encourage newly minted librarians to apply for jobs. It is also important to not exclude those of us that are older and that love what we are doing, are good at what we do, and have the relevant skills and knowledge. I keep hearing stories in the popular and business press about professionals in various occupations who are over the age of fity not being able to get employment in their professions. Is this also happening in librarianship? I hope not.