Employment & Work Stories

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

<a href="http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2008/08/29-percent-of-l.html">29% of the respondents to LLB's</a> 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%).

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.

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

<a href="http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/08/06/lol_its_the_attack_of_the_internet_memes.html">From The article </a>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

<a href="http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080717/NEWS/807170368&s=d&page=2#pluckcomments">Libraries aim for more diverse staff</a>: 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.

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.

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