Employment & Work Stories

Director Amy Ryan Looking to Leave Newly-Merged Hennepin County Lbrary System

From The article in today's Star Tribune: Hennepin County's chief librarian, Amy Ryan, is a finalist for the top job at Boston's public library, the Star Tribune has learned.

Ryan confirmed Tuesday that she's a candidate for the position. She said her understanding is that she is one of six finalists. "It was too compelling an opportunity not to explore," she said in an interview.

World’s Busiest Library Chooses Insider as New Chief

Congratulations go out to Jane Pyper who has been chosen as the new Chief Librarian of The Toronto Public Library effective September 2.

Pyper, who has 25 years of experience in libraries, is currently TPL’s director of policy and planning and been part of the team helping TPL become the world’s busiest urban public library system.

First Librarian At College To Retire After 41 Years

In southwest Virginia, Anna Ray Roberts is retiring as librarian at Wytheville Community College. Roberts is the college's first and only librarian over its 41 years of existence so far. Roberts began work at the school in January 1967.

Libraries aim for more diverse staff

Libraries aim for more diverse staff: According to a 2007 report from the American Library Association, of the nation's almost 110,000 credentialed librarians -- that is, librarians with master's degrees -- 19 percent are men, 4.5 percent are black, and 0.5 percent are black men. The number of Latino men is just slightly higher -- 25 more nationwide.

By comparison, black women make up 4.2 percent of credentialed librarians, with Latina women at 1.4 percent.

Do Senior Librarians Have a Moral Obligation to Retire?

Considering the current economy including the weakening job market, should senior librarians retire to make room for younger librarians? That's the question asked in Law Librarian Blog's poll at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2008/07/do-senior-facul.html that is open to all librarians. Please take a minute to contribute to the poll.

NC Librarian Arrested by Immigration Agents

Federal agents have arrested an Alamance County employee they claim is an illegal immigrant.

Angel Martinez, a librarian at the public library in Burlington, was arrested Tuesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen and committing Social Security fraud.

NC Program works to end shortage of Black librarians

In preparation of an anticipated shortage of library leaders across the board due to retirement, and to address the long-standing scarcity of library school faculty and librarians, there are efforts in place throughout the country to train individuals to fill the gaps.
Locally, UNC Greensboro recently received an $862,014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The university will use the award to recruit 12 minority students to attend the school’s two-year graduate library and information studies program beginning in 2009.

Houston Chronicle lists every municipal employees salary by name.

Now I am all for freedom of the press, and for taxpayers freedom to know what their tax dollars pay for, but I don't quite know how I feel about this yet. What is your opinion of the newspaper publishing everyone's salary in a easy to use database?

The database is available here

Unfortunately you cannot search by job title, and I have not gone through the whole thing looking for librarian. The Houston library site did have a few names in their contacts section I looked up. I kind of think the bilingual spokeswoman is underpaid, however I think the director is probably spot on.

The HPL has a very nicely presented website by the way.

Much more than books

Banish thoughts of librarians as shush-happy women with hair in buns and eyeglasses dangling from chains. As knowledge moves from paper and into the electronic realm, the keepers of the information superhighway are changing, as well. Consider: One Saginaw book-minder wears a black leather skirt to work. Another is a man. And all of them find themselves helping patrons find online resources with greater frequency.

OMG they let men work in libraries?!?!!

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