Employment & Work Stories

Ghana's library workers set to strike

A union representing Ghana's library workers is promising "the mother of all strikes" unless
a conflict over salaries is resolved:

[Union representative Alex Sackitey] said this time round, the workers said, "enough is enough" and that they were going to stay away until their demands were met.

A section of the workers the paper spoke to claimed their wives had divorced them, owing to poor salaries and conditions of service. "Our children are also out of school because we cannot pay school fees," one worker stressed.

[Library workers] were wearing red bands and chanting war songs at the Greater Accra Regional library in Accra when The Chronicle visited the premises.

Complete story from the Ghanian Chronicle via allAfrica.com.

Careers With An Edge

kctipton writes "Career Journal, a Wall Street Journal offshoot, lists 10 careers that are hot right now where jobseekers have the upper hand. What's on the list for LISNewsies? Corporate Librarian! It's an interesting list.

I've read somewhere that the types of jobs that'll continue to be secure in this world of outsourcing and automation are those that absolutely require a person to be right there to do the work. This list of 10 careers mostly fits that mold."

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.

Full Story"

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.

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."


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