Employment & Work Stories

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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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.


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