Employment & Work Stories

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.

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

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?!?!!

Hartford Librarians Accept Cutbacks to Reduce Lay-Offs

Hartford Courant reports: Full- and part-time unionized employees of the Hartford Public Library voted overwhelmingly to roll back pay increases and hours that they had agreed to work during fiscal 2008-09 in an attempt to eliminate further layoffs.

The 42-4 vote in favor of a new contract took place Monday night at the Hartford Public Library on Main Street. The vote means that workers who previously agreed to increase their hours from 37.5 to 40 hours a week would continue working 37.5 hours a week, officials said after the union meeting. The fiscal year started July 1.

Geraldine Sullivan, library board president, said it "might help somewhat. It was a very generous gesture."

Milford MA New Director is Open for Suggestions

Wickedlocal reports...A new chapter started yesterday at the Milford Town Library, with Susan Edmonds, formerly of Boston's George Fingold Library, taking over as director and establishing stability for a staff that has worked under three bosses in three months in a newly renovated library.

Edmonds said she's ready to lead, but first has to get her bearings.

On day 1, Edmonds had to check with staff to see how to get into the locked Milford Room, which showcases the town's history.
When a staff member in circulation told Edmonds her staff key would open the door, the new director halted and smiled, saying, "Oh, I don't have one yet." And when the phone rang in her office, "I gotta learn how to use this," she said, picking it up to say, "Hello, this is Susan."

At the state library in Boston, Edmonds worked in technical services, as the library systems manager, assistant director and head of services. Before that, at the Somerville Public Library, she was reference librarian, circulation supervisor and technical services librarian.

"I've been everything else, but," she said of the director's job. "And I enjoy what I did but this was an opportunity I couldn't miss, pass up."

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