Toronto Librarians On Strike

All 98 branch libraries in Toronto are closed as negotiations have broken down between librarians and the city.

Toronto’s public libraries, one of the early areas of friction in Rob Ford’s drive to cut public spending, are now the scene of the first strike of the mayor’s 15-month-old administration.

The library walkout may not be the only labour disruption the city faces this month. The union that represents inside workers has scheduled a strike vote for Tuesday. City-run swimming pools, recreation centres, daycares and other municipal services could be affected as early as Saturday.

The library strike is the first since the amalgamation of the old Metro Toronto municipalities into a single city.

On his way to a meeting Sunday, the mayor was terse in comments to reporters about either labour development, saying only that he hoped for a settlement.

Mr. Ford was able last month to clinch a deal, that included a rollback on some job-security provisions, from the city’s outside workers. They were not in a position to command much public sympathy so soon after an unpopular 2009 strike that affected garbage pickups and parks maintenance. -- Read More

Former librarian charged with child exploitation

Former librarian charged with child exploitation

A former librarian is in custody for allegedly having child pornography in his office, authorities said.
The charges come after officials at Reinhardt University, where he worked as a librarian, reported that they found child pornographic images in his office.

Ex-Librarian now makes dresses out of chocolate wrappers

Karen Delahunty gave up being a Coventry librarian to make a dress out of chocolate wrappers
SHE’S the librarian who gave up her day job to hang out in bars – chocolate bars, that is.

But Karen Delahunty admits that, despite her love of the brown stuff, she didn’t eat all the chocolate that was once covered in the 50 wrappers used to make her eye-catching dress.

The new head of Ottawa’s library is not a librarian

The new head of Ottawa’s library is not a librarian:
Danielle McDonald took over the Ottawa Public Library and its $50-million budget this week. She’s a departure from her predecessor, Barbara Clubb, who started out shelving books and capped her career with a national award for her service to librarianship. McDonald is a lifelong administrator specializing in behind-the-scenes work in the city bureaucracy. Before she was named at the beginning of March, she had almost no public profile.

The only carillon librarian in the world?

(Florida) Lakeland woman is thought to be the only carillon librarian in the world
There are people across the globe performing jobs that we don't even know exist. One of those unknown occupations is being fulfilled right here in Polk County.

Joy Banks of Lakeland is thought to be the only carillon librarian in the world. She chronicles and catalogs the largest collection of carillon music known. That extensive collection is housed inside that majestic, singing icon known as Bok Tower in Lake Wales.

The Three Questions

What do librarians do?
What do librarians look like?
Why do we need libraries?

from the Allen County Library (Fort Wayne, IN)-- and now you know!!

Oxford University student blasted for 'sexist' attempt to win election to librarian post

It’s a role which conjures the image of a demure character charged with ensuring a hushed silence in one of England’s great centres of learning.
So it is little surprise that Oxford University student Madeline Grant’s bid to win an election to become a librarian by claiming ‘I have a great rack’, has provoked such disquiet.
The English undergraduate has been accused of a ‘sexist’ attempt to sway votes when she wrote on her manifesto for Union Librarian: ‘I don’t hack, I just have a great rack.’

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Toronto Library Workers request No Board report to spur negotiations

Library Workers request No Board report to spur negotiations
The Toronto Public Library (TPL) Workers Union (CUPE Local 4948) has requested the Ministry of Labour issue a "no board" report on its contract negotiations with the Toronto Public Library Board.

Maureen O'Reilly, President of Local 4948, said the union made the no board request because negotiations had reached an impasse. Despite the presence of a conciliator, the employer has not shown any interest in substantive negotiations leading to a collective agreement that would ensure stability and protect the library services Toronto residents depend on. "It's our members who deliver those services. And our members value the services they deliver just as much as the public does," said O'Reilly. "But it's also our members being cut from budgets, and now the Library Board is seeking massive concessions from their contract.

Librarian completes marathons on all 7 continents

Librarian completes marathons on all 7 continents
Glen Avery, the technology librarian at Houghton College, recently became one of only 330 people to have completed a marathon on all seven continents.
A 1976 graduate of Houghton College, Avery is hoping to repeat the feat again, something only eight people have ever done. The 61-year-old Avery also was recently featured in a two-part interview with Bob Price of the Family Life Network.

School librarian off to Zambia to work with street kids

School librarian off to Zambia to work with street kids
At a time in her life when many parents are helping their older teens get ready for a gap year, Jennifer MacKinnon is taking one herself.

Last week, the 55-year-old Millwood High School librarian headed off to Zambia to volunteer for a year with a special library project aimed at street kids in the African country’s capital, Lusaka.

MacKinnon said in an interview before leaving that she was both excited and afraid. But it’s an adventure that she has been building toward for years.

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