How do you feel about what you do?

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Working, 40 Years After “Working”
Pacific Standard
July 10, 2014

This is a tribute and emotional summary of the seminal Studs Terkel volume – Working; people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do – in which he interviewed American workers of all types about their jobs. They showed remarkable self-reflection and insight and the book was a best-seller. Given all the changes looming to the work in our domain this is worth revisiting.

I lived in Studs Terkel’s Chicago when this book came out. He was the voice of the working man that formed the backbone of Chicago’s self-image. Discontent runs through the ‘Working’ interviews. I wonder whether librarian job satisfaction has become more volatile over the recent past?

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