Head of U Libraries HR: So, did you work at Magrath all five years?
What Soxanne Wanted To Say: Are you kidding me? You don’t even know where I have been working? Did you not look at my file before I came up here?
What Soxanne Said: (uncomfortable pause) Um. No. Actually, I worked a weekly shift at Magrath for some of that time but I was at EFW and the branches
HoULHR: Right, that’s what I meant! You were in St Paul the whole time?
(Bad start. Really bad start) Blah blah blah blah
HoULHR: I hear you already started your new job. What are you doing there?
WSS: I’m doing a lot of Information Literacy and Library instruction as well as reference.
HoULHR: And how did you get interested in that?
WSS: I did volunteer work at Franklin Learning Center and discovered I really liked teaching and working with adults. 70% of the students there are Somali women, and while the student population at my new job is not the same demographic, it is a population that does not normally have the opportunity to go to college. They are hard working and highly motivated.
HoULHR: Oh, I did volunteer work with Southeast Asians for a while. What rewarding work that is! We have so much to learn from the immigrant population … blah blah blah (goes into politically correct speech)…
WSWtS: OMG! Do I have to listen to you go on about your greatness and how wonderful it is to work with The Little People?
WSS: Yes. Well, you know, I’m married to an immigrant.
HoULHR: Oh! You know all about it then!
Blah, blah blah ….
HoULHR: You know your boss thinks you’re wonderful and that you did great work here. Would you ever consider coming back to work at the University Libraries?
WSWtS: I hope not.
WSS: Maybe if the job paid what the work was worth.
(HoULHR blames central University HR for this and does not seem to see herself as potential advocate for library employees. I would also assume that if I had been a different demographic from my predecessor I would have never been paid 15% less than she was paid - whether because of political correctness or a potential lawsuit we'll never know).
HoULHR: So, what was your favorite project that you worked on during your time here?
WSS: Working with the rare collection.
HoULHR: Oh! Is there a rare collection over there?!?
WSWtS: So not only do you know nothing of me, you don’t know anything about the libraries in St Paul!?!?
WSS: Yes, actually, there are two Collections of Distinction headed for the Google project …. (goes on to outline the St Paul rare collections)….