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Fulton finally settles suit by 8 librarians

Cal shares This AJC Article that says A racial discrimination suit in Fulton County's library system finally has been settled, costing county taxpayers $18 million.

The 4-year-old case has been resolved by county commissioners dropping all appeals in exchange for the plaintiffs agreeing to take payment over three years.

The librarians sued in 2000 after seven of them, who are white, said they were demoted and moved to outlying branches and one African-American employee was punished for speaking up against the transfers.
At the time of the allegations, county chief librarian Mary Kaye Hooker said the transfers resulted from a systemwide reorganization.

But public comments made by board members damaged the defendants' case, especially a recorded public remark by board member William McClure, that "there are too many old white women" in management positions at the downtown library.

McClure, who was board chairman then and is still a member, said the board needed "to get rid of them."

Little things put big burdens on librarians of Santa Cruz, CA

The Contra Costa Times Asks - Are you tough enough to be a Santa Cruz librarian?

Think twice before you answer. For the last six years, 76 worker compensation claims in the city-county library system amount to about $460,000 in medical bills, lost work time and other costs. There were 17 claims last year alone.

"The library's unique because they're lifting books -- picking up and moving things, over and over again," said Dee Schabot, principal analyst in the City of Santa Cruz human relations department."

High Work-Comp claims from Santa Cruz librarians

misseli writes "

This article from the San Jose Mercury News, by David L. Beck, opens with:
"Are you tough enough to be a Santa Cruz librarian?
Think twice before you answer. For the past six years, 76 workers' compensation claims in the city-county library system amount to about $460,000 in medical bills, lost work time and other costs. There were 17 claims last year alone. That's a far higher injury rate than other systems report."

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Odd queries test reference librarians

Did you know obscure questions keep librarians on their toes almost daily. Librarians nationwide answer more than 7 million questions a week, according to the American Library Association. A single-file line of such questioners would stretch from Boston to San Francisco, according to an ALA spokeswoman.

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Iowa universities seeking new librarians

Great News (for job hunters) from Iowa, where they are reporting in the next 15 years 60 percent of public librarians will retire. In 2000, "Library Journal" magazine reported that as many as 40 percent of library directors will retire in nine years or less, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Librarians to be Replaced by 'Smart Technologies'?

Buried in this article from the Albuquerque Tribune Online about a predicted future labor shortage is the following claim:
"The work of the bank teller, auditor, paralegal, or librarian can be increasingly substituted with smart technologies."
Overall, it's a pretty interesting piece and encourages employers to treat their employees better, to develop higher retention rates.

Some managers are better than others...

Grumpy Librarian writes "The managers at Cedar Rapids Library paid for staff massages recently, according to a brief blurb from TheIowaChannel.com.


Time to renegotiate our contracts!"

Search is on for bigger staff as system expands

Bob Cox was first in with Good News out of Florida, where the race is on to find staff for a new Main Library twice the size of the one it will replace, plus finding employees for six new and 12 renovated libraries in Jacksonville.

The human resources manager for the Jacksonville Public Library has to find 135 new employees to help staff libraries where construction is set to finish in the next year. Library records show 52 of those positions are for professional librarians, which means at least a master's degree is required.

There isn't a local program to educate librarians, however, so the majority of Moser's searching happens outside the city.

Federal Grants to Off-set Critical National Shortage of Librarians due to Retirement

Lee Hadden notes, In May 2000, Library Journal magazine reported 40% of America's library directors plan to retire in 9 years or less. And, according to the July 2000 Monthly Labor Review, in 1998 57% of professional librarians were age 45 or older. The March 2002 issue of American Libraries magazine showed that based on 1990 Census data almost 58% of professional librarians will reach the age of 65 between 2005 and 2019.
This all seems like great news to me! It'll be so easy to find new a job when I'm ready, but for some reason, The IMLS Disagrees, and On January 9, 2002, First Lady Laura Bush announced the President would support a new $10 million initiative within the Institute of Museum and Library Services to recruit new librarians and help off-set a critical national shortage of these indispensable professionals and educators.
You dang kids have it so easy now, why, when I was your age...

IMLS awards $10 mil in grants to bring in new librarians

I grabbed this item from the STS-L listserv this morning. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $10 million to 27 grant projects (listed here by state) aimed at recruiting and educating librarians to offset an expected shortage.

In May 2000, Library Journal magazine reported 40% of America's library directors plan to retire in 9 years or less. And, according to the July 2000 Monthly Labor Review, in 1998 57% of professional librarians were age 45 or older. The March 2002 issue of American Libraries magazine showed that based on 1990 Census data almost 58% of professional librarians will reach the age of 65 between 2005 and 2019.

[On a personal note, my library school, The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, will be one of the recipients.]

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