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With two master’s degrees and her own business, Terry Miller can help a small business owner make a marketing plan or a new entrepreneur perform market segmentation analysis.
And Kathy Jennings knows of at least a dozen manuals on building a deck and where to find the best recipes for apple pie.
Both are ready and willing to share their expertise with the people of Shawnee County — for free.
They are librarians at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
Eighty-one employees at the library make more than $40,000 a year, while 49 make more than $50,000 a year. Twelve, mostly managers and administrators, make more than $70,000. CEO Gina Millsap has the highest salary — at $129,549 this year.
Millsap said those wages reflect the market — a competitive price to hire the best and brightest to staff what she described as “a world-class library.” Millsap’s 2010 salary of $125,776 is less than the average Midwest library director’s salary by $12,000, according to the Allen County Public Library National Survey for 2010.
More from Capital-Journal Online.
Beyond the Bullet Points: Political not Partisan
"Some folks have recently commented that in my presentations and writings I have a political agenda. They are right, but it is not what they think it is. I believe that librarians must be political. That is they must be aware of politics, aid their members in political pursuits, and actively participate in the political process. Now directors of libraries will see this as nothing new, but I believe that all librarians must be politically savvy. Why? Well, let’s start with my definition of politics: politics is the process by which a community allocates power and resources."
Obviously, your choice of degree affects your employability. There are other factors to consider, such as the popularity of the degree and the earning potential - all of which you can view here. But for a simple look, below are the 20 highest and lowest unemployment rates by degree."
Graduates of "library science," it seems, have one of the highest rates of unemployment. The post is based on 2010 Census data (via the Wall Street Journal). More...
Librarians vs. Archivists
Next week, city council’s finance committee is to consider the naming of the new archives and library materials building, the one Mayor Jim Watson had proposed to name for Charlotte Whitton and he now proposes to name for James Bartleman.
I understand that part of the reason for choosing Bartleman, aside from all his positive attributes, is that the building is both a library and an archives building, and the library fans and the archives fans each want their own champion’s name on the building. The librarians are damned if they’ll accept an archivist’s name and the archivists are damned if they’ll accept a librarian.
Herewith, a salvo just launched from the library side, which wants the building to be named for Claude Aubry, Ottawa’s first bilingual chief librarian.
Genesy — whose compensation ranks in the top 3 percent of city employees, according to state data — has written his share of personal checks, too. Over eight years, he has donated more than $50,000 to Project READ. He said he also donates as much as he can to the Library Foundation or “anything that has to do with kids and learning and getting our families that need our help, some help.”
The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library recently received the Psychologically Healthy Workplace award from the Ohio Psychological Association. Leslie Hartley, adult services manager, accepted the award on behalf of the library. Kudos!
The application process for this award was part of the library’s ongoing wellness initiative, spearheaded by Hartley.
“The evaluation team was impressed by the library staff’s quick recovery and teamwork following the widespread economic meltdown of 2009, and their success in rebuilding their work teams and service model,” said Hartley.
The library’s award-winning wellness initiative, also recognized by Ohio, includes a demonstration garden, nutrition and exercise information, participation in charity events such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl-a-Thon and several 5K runs, and inclusion of the broader community in the library’s wellness activities.
The library’s wellness program is being nominated for a national Psychologically Healthy Workplace award as well.
Story from Chillicothe Gazette.
British Library newspaper archive puts 300 years of history online
Sixty-five million historic newspaper articles, covering the most significant events over the last 300 years, are now fully available online from today in a new archive created by the British Library:
The future of information access, part 1 and The future of information access, part 2... from Jill Hurst-Wahl. Earlier this month, Sean Branagan, who is the director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship in the Newhouse School of Public Communications, asked that she guest lecture in his class on the topic of the future of information access. The class is seeking input from a wide variety of industries on what the future may hold and its impact on communications (e.g., news). In her 1.5 hour lecture, she spoke about the following ideas, some of which are evident in today's environment...
NPR ran a piece called How Does The CIA Use Social Media? They mention how the CIA is following publicly available information like Facebook, Twitter, and foreign radio stations to gather information. They mention that some of their information gatherers are people with Masters of Library Science degrees. Later in the piece the researchers are referred to as "Ninja Librarians".