Employment & Work Stories

LIS Prof. William Brace from Dominican University Has Died

Dr. William Brace 79, professor of library and information science at Rosary College--now Dominican University in River Forest--died on Wednesday, Oct. 1, an apparent heart attack. He had taught Library and Information sciences for nearly four decades.

The first time Dr. William Brace met his future wife, she darn near killed him. As the story goes, the two were graduate students at the University of Chicago in the early 1950s, when one day they found themselves sitting next to each other in class.

"That was back in the day when you'd light up a cigarette right at your desk," recalled his wife of 51 years, Pam. "I was smoking Pall Malls, which he was deathly allergic to, and he began sneezing and coughing uncontrollably. Later he told people, 'She nearly asphyxiated me, but it at least got me to notice her.' "

That same sense of humor, former colleagues say, helped Dr. Brace connect with students over his long career. Obituary from the Chicago Tribune.

Turning The Page: Riverside libraries are schizo

Sounds like a great gig! " Riverside libraries are schizo."
Job opening: Interim director, Riverside library.
Job description: Oversees largely decrepit Main Library and new and/or remodeled branches (staffing optional).
Qualifications: Must be proficient at recruiting volunteers -- including for your own position! Must enforce gag order forbidding library employees from speaking to media and customers about library policies. Must be able to reply, "Don't hold your breath" when asked about downtown library expansion. Reports to city manager's office. Must consent to frontal lobotomy.

Find Library Thing an Employee in Maine, Win a Prize

Here's the scoop from Library Thing...they have three potential jobs to fill.

* Hacker. We're looking for PHP hacker. JavaScript genius and library-data experience. We hope we get two of those.
* Graphic designer/user-experience guru. Experience designing for data-rich sites like LibraryThing a must.
* Brainy, overworked assistant. Smart, flexible, organized, relentless—willing to do both high-level (strategic analysis) and low-level (send-out-these-CueCats) work. The job is non-technical, but you need to be super-comfortable around computers.

Rules! You get a $1,000 gift certificate to Abebooks, Amazon, Booksense or the independent bookseller of your choice. (Longfellow Books? Books Etc.?) You can split it between them. You don't need to buy books with it (but why do that?).

To qualify, you need to connect us to someone. Either you introduce them to us—and they follow up with a resume and etc.—or they mention your name in their email ("So-and-so told me about LibraryThing"). You can recommend yourself, but if you found out about it on someone's blog, we hope you'll do the right thing and make them the beneficiary (birdie will take a small percentage, and thanks you in advance).

Contact Tim Spalding (tim@librarything.com) for more information, or to send a resume.

Tattoos Gain Even More Visibility

There is a NYT article today titled "Tattoos Gain Even More Visibility" that begins:

WHO in the world gets a neck tattoo? A couple of years back you could have narrowed the answer to gang members, prison inmates, members of the Russian mob and the rapper Lil Wayne. Then something occurred.

In a mysterious and inexorable process that seems to transform all that is low culture into something high, permanent ink markings began creeping toward the traditional no-go zones for all kinds of people, past collar and cuffs, those twin lines of clothed demarcation that even now some tattoo artists are reluctant to cross.

Full article here.

In case after case, the courts have found on-the-job appearance requirements — including policies forbidding tattoos and body modifications — to be nondiscriminatory. Meaning that employers can terminate employees for having tattoos. What policies are in place for your library? What policies should libraries have? If tattoos are allowed is a flower treated the same as a swastika? How about tattoos that contain profanity or are graphically violent?

Success: Diane Schroer and ACLU Win Sex Discrimination Suit Against LOC

New York Times: A former Army Special Forces commander passed over for a job as a terrorism analyst at the Library of Congress because he was changing genders won a discrimination lawsuit. Judge James Robinson of Federal District Court ruled that the Library of Congress had engaged in sex discrimination against Diane Schroer of Alexandria, Va., formerly known as David Schroer. The library was initially enthusiastic about the hire, Judge Robinson said in his decision, adding, “The library revoked the offer when it learned that a man named David intended to become, legally, culturally and physically, a woman named Diane.”

Schroer's case was first reported here on LISNews in 2005.

Library Whistle-Blower Says She Was Punished

A Sacramento library worker is filing complaints alleging that managers froze her pay and took away duties after she blew the whistle on an overbilling scandal three years ago.

Clerk Diane Boerman is seeking back pay, penalties, attorney fees and damages through complaints filed with the state Labor Commission and the Sacramento Public Library Authority.

Head of Tech Svcs position at MPOW

HI folks,

Sorry about the dearth of posting but I've been filling in as temporary co-head of technical services here. I wanted to post the ad for the position here and STRONGLY encourage everyone and anyone to apply--it's tiring doing two jobs at once!

http://www.umt.edu/jobs/FAC/hbmsd.html

MI Library settles Director lawsuit for $310,000

The Bay County (Michigan) Library System will pay the former director a settlement of $310,000, but he will not be paid a pension. He was fired in March 2006 as Bay County Library System director for alleged failure to perform his job, poor relations with employees, using profanity and breach of contract, among other listed reasons.

He then sued the board, seeking more than $1.3 million for wrongful discharge, defamation and violation of civil rights.

29 Percent of Librarians Dissatisfied with Non-Librarian Decisions, Very Dissatisfied

29% of the respondents to LLB's recent poll "strongly disagree" with the statement "I am satisfied with management's recent decisions regarding my library" (where management decisions means decisions that impact library operations and budgets made by executives and administrators who are not librarians). That's more than the combined total who "agree" or "strongly agree" with the statement (25%). If we add responses for "disagree," 60% of librarians are dissatisfied with recent decisions made by non-librarians. 15% are ambivalent, not exactly a vote of confidence.

Amy Ryan is Choice of Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library board of trustees has chosen Amy E. Ryan, a librarian from Hennepin County MN to take over as president of the city's library system.

The eight trustees unanimously selected Ryan, director of the library system in Hennepin County, Minn., after publicly interviewing her at the Copley Square branch.

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