Employment & Work Stories

A Fired Library Director's Letter to the Board

Kingman Daily Miner tells the story:

Former Mohave County (AZ) Library Director Danielle Krol said she wanted to expand services for the public and bring better pay and more opportunities for library employees, but was fired by the Board of Supervisors before she had a chance to get the ball rolling.

5 Reasons Being a Librarian Is Stressful

Screwy Decimal:
Based on the responses and on my own experiences, I've broken down the big librarian stressors into 5 categories. These are not exhaustive, and they totally blend into one another, and really I just wanted to capitalize on the list format that is so popular with the media these days. Forgive me for being sloppy and derivative. Also forgive me, Twitter friends, for not including every response yet. There were SO many of them, and they were all relevant (and some were downright disturbing and/or hilarious). Five hours later, I am STILL getting them, and still trying to sift through them, so I will try to add more as the day goes on. However, there were a lot of common themes that were repeated, so it's my hope that I've covered the basic idea. Feel free to add yours in the comments! (And if you're really curious, take a look at the Tweets I've "favorited" on Twitter, it shows them all.)

Library Security Guard poses as a police officer pulls over REAL officer

D'oh!
Library officials on Wednesday suspended the system's assistant security director, without pay following allegations he fitted his white SUV with dashboard lights and stopped a 2005 Lexus going 80 mph on the Lodge Freeway near Wyoming on Oct. 6.

Three problems: That's miles away from any library; security guards can't issue citations, and the motorist the guard allegedly stopped and asked for ID was Detroit Police Officer.

From The Detroit News

Union slaps Queens Library with lawsuit for Board of Trustees meeting minutes

Members of the union representing Queens Library workers are suing the library officials for refusing to give them copies of minutes from Board of Trustees meetings.

John Hyslop, president of Local 1321, said the legal battle started out with a simple request made in January.

“I did not think the library’s administration would be so adamant about not sharing them,” said Hyslop. “The refusal to share the minutes baffles me, even after they learned of their obligation to provide them.”

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Ex-librarian gets little jail time for theft

Ex-librarian gets little jail time for theft
The support of the library district she stole from and ill effects of medication led to a milder sentence for a former St. Elmo library director Friday. She received a 30-day jail sentence despite recommendations from both state and defense attorneys and medical professionals she not be incarcerated.

Library trustees 'undo' staff reorganization

Yikes!...Trustees of Conway Public Library, on Saturday, rescinded their controversial decision to reorganize the library's staff, a move which could have cost four popular librarians their jobs. Still, two dozen picketers demonstrated outside the library calling for the ouster of the director and trustee chair.

Do I need to wear pantyhose in order to be taken seriously?

Hiring Librarians http://hiringlibrarians.wordpress.com/ , the blog
about hiring librarians, has a new survey that explores What
Candidates Should Wear, including age old questions like "Should I
wear a suit?" and "Do I need to wear pantyhose in order to be taken
seriously?". It was co-written by Jill from Librarian Hire Fashion
http://librarianhirefashion.tumblr.com/

Initial results are here:
http://hiringlibrarians.com/2012/09/09/stats-and-graphs-what-should-candidates-wear/
but more responses are needed, especially from people who hire school
and special librarians, as well as archivists. If you want to help
librarians improve the quality of their applications, you can take the
survey by following the link on this page:
http://hiringlibrarians.wordpress.com/participate/

OH County Library Hires Firm to Study Employees’ Compensation

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has hired a Cleveland consulting firm to study the pay and benefits of library employees compared with those of their peers doing similar work elsewhere.

That firm, The Human Resource Department, will be paid between $12,000 and $13,500 for the compensation study, depending on its scope.

The services and personnel committee of the library’s board of trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Poland library to discuss the library system’s compensation philosophy and the compensation study.

Story from The Youngstown Vindicator (interesting newspaper name!)

Former Library of Congress Auditor Says He was Fired for Being Gay

From The Washington Post: Peter TerVeer was an up-and-coming auditor for the Library of Congress’s inspector general’s office. His boss liked him so much he tried to set him up with his single daughter, TerVeer says.

But when the boss discovered TerVeer was gay after learning from his daughter TerVeer “Liked” a Facebook page for same-sex parents, the supervisor harassed him with religious-based homophobia — and eventually got him fired, TerVeer alleges in a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed Aug. 3 in U.S. District Court in Washington, claims that TerVeer, 30, suffered discrimination based on sex stereotyping and his religious beliefs in violation of Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act.

It charges that TerVeer was subjected to a hostile work environment for more than a year by his supervisor, John Mech, who quoted biblical passages to him condemning homosexuality.

Additional details in The Washington Blade.

New Poet Laureate Appointed At LC

The Office of Communications at the Library of Congress announced that Mississippi Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey was named 19th US Poet Laureate. Trethwey will hold the positions concurrently. Poets.org has a profile posted of the new appointee. Huffington Post and the New York Times have more on the appointment as well.

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