Employment & Work Stories

Upheaval in libraries leads to loss of superior staff

An anonymous patron dropped by to let us know about an editorial in a Chicago newspaper describing some of the personnel problems in the Chicago Public Library system.

"Remember the dedicated, experienced reference librarians who helped you do research at the Chicago Public Library just a few years ago? Remember the branch librarians who knew your neighborhood and knew the collection and had time to connect the people to the resources? Many of them have taken early retirement, causing a significant loss of intellectual resources to the city. Many others have been re-assigned to departments or branches which do not use their expertise."

Dusty Books=Lung Cancer,Heart Attack

An Anonymous Patron writes "Hassan Bolourchi has a site dedicated to the health hazard of book dust. He says many librarians who work with dusty books suffer from different illnesses related to book dust. Some of these illnesses like allergy problems and asthma are well known and librarians are aware of them. This new study proposes that long-time exposure to book dust can cause many illnesses like lung cancer, heart attack, allergy, asthma, skin problem, depression, etc."

Scoop: City Libraries in top 5 places to work

Christchurch City, New Zeland, Libraries in top 5 places to work

Christchurch City Libraries was named in the top 5 places to work according to a nationwide survey.

Placed fourth in the medium size workplace (100 – 399 staff) category, and ranked 13th overall, Christchurch City Libraries was selected from 128 other businesses in Unlimited magazines ’20 Best Places to Work’ 2003 annual survey.

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Number of black librarians drops

An Anonymous Patron writes "Reinette Jones is working to bring attention to a shortage of other blacks entering the profession in Kentucky. The problem is expected to grow worse as librarians begin retiring and efforts to recruit black librarians fall far short.
Here's The Story. Today, Jones said, library staffs still need to be as diverse as the populations they serve, in part because libraries still serve as "cultural centers" in many communities."
Also, thanks to Martha, Gary, Bob and Nat for suggesting thing one.

London Ontario Staff votes 90% for library strike

Blake writes "News From Ontario where

London libraries could be facing their first labour dispute in more than 30 years. Staff at the city's public libraries gave strong support for a strike this week, voting 90 per cent in favour of walking off the job.

Valerie Chapman, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees' Local 217, which represents more than 200 employees at the public libraries, said 112 of the 217 members turned out to cast a ballot in a strike vote Monday.

Chapman said she was pleased with both the turnout and the result."

Librarians at the BLS

Blake gives us this important information from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics which provides the occupational outlook for librarians. Unfortunately, "(e)mployment of librarians is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations over the 2000-10 period."

However, the good news is, " librarians are needed to manage staff, help users develop database searching techniques, address complicated reference requests, and define users' needs. Despite expectations of slower-than-average employment growth, the need to replace librarians as they retire will result in numerous additional job openings.
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Additionally, CNNmoney has a STATS REPORT on where the jobs will be in general. Hint, think "service sector."

Most lucrative college degrees: Information sciences

Information sciences grads had an average starting salary of $42,108, up 2.6 percent from last year, while management information systems grads have seen starting salaries average $41,103, up a modest 1.3 percent. I honestly do not know what "Information sciences" means in this case, but I assume it's not working in a library?

CNN/Money Has It

Jacksonville, FL Mayor Wants "smart college graduates" For Librarians

Anonymous Patron writes "More bad news out of the Jacksonville, FL public library system. To save money on professional librarians, Mayor Peyton wants to hire "smart college graduates" to work as librarians, and part-time librarians, to save on staff expenditures and benefits:

"The second part of the study looked at the mix of employees. The study suggests the city could save money by hiring fewer librarians with graduate degrees, which would mean lower salaries and benefits costs. That could mean hiring more "smart college graduates" and part-time employees, which is something Nashville library officials do, to keep up the service for library users.

The study also questions Jacksonville's need for 111 employees who don't provide a direct service to customers. It said the number seems high when compared to Nashville."

Entire story here:

At Jacksonville.com."

Just one librarian?

This is Hertfordshire Reports on a plan to have just one person on duty at some of St Albans' libraries has been called a "health and safety suicide mission".

Hertfordshire County Council is introducing sole working at 14 of its libraries including five in St Albans as part of a cost cutting scheme designed to save £200,000. But the move has been condemned by Unison, the public sector workers's union, which says the council is endangering staff at the libraries.

Jacksonville, FL Public Libraries To Hire Non-MLS Librarians

Anonymous Patron writes ""The library planned to have 194 graduate-level librarians, which officials said seemed high when compared to similar-sized libraries. The freeze prohibits the library system from hiring about 25 graduate-level librarians but doesn't prohibit the hiring of people with bachelor's degrees. That could save the city about $450,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year..."

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