Employment & Work Stories

The Chronicle of Higher Education Looks At Librarianship

2 articles over at Chronicle.com take a peak at being a librarian.
Becoming a Librarian, by Todd Gilman, the librarian for literature in English at Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library. After years of fruitless hunting for a faculty job, an English Ph.D. finds his niche.

Turning Ph.D.'s into Librarians, by Mary Dillon Johnson, who has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, is director of graduate-career services at Yale University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A new fellowship program opens an alternate route to careers in academic libraries.
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Group calls for removal of 2 library executives

Bob Cox spotted News Out Of Atlanta where An advocacy group for Fulton taxpayers, angry they could be forced to pay a $17 million reverse discrimination judgment against the county's library board, is threatening to file a lawsuit to force the dismissal of the library's director and a board member.

The Fulton County Taxpayers Association, which represents 28,000 taxpayers, is demanding the county fire chief librarian Mary Kaye Hooker and dismiss William McClure from the library board. The group plans to file a lawsuit this month if the county doesn't take action.

Library injuries remain mystery

Bob Cox shares with us a Story Out Of California on The growing problem of library-worker injuries is a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes. And an expensive one, having cost taxpayers $360,000 in medical settlements.

Last year, a record 17 employees at the 10-branch city-county system reported on-the-job injuries such as arm pain and loss of feeling in their hands.

Though the repetitive nature of various aspects of the work is believed to be a primary cause of the injuries, library officials can’t explain the recent increase.

"It’s really complex," said Richard Eberley, who is in charge of circulation. "It’s not one thing."

Hiring Preferences in Libraries

Darci Chapman writes "The preliminary results of a survey titled, "Hiring Preferences in Libraries: Perceptions of MLS graduates with online degrees" are available.

You can take the survey here."

Director of library fired after staffers complained

A couple stories today on Barbara, now ex-director of Westminster's Forbush Memorial Library in MA.
This One Enterprise she was fired after library staffers complained about her management style at a Tuesday meeting between the Board of Selectmen and the Library Board of Trustees.
Another says Among the complaints brought forth during the meeting were that on several occasions, Friedman made staff members feel and look inept in front of patrons by taking over jobs they were doing in a disrespectful manner.

Logan library dress code unconstitutional, judge rules

News From KT where A federal judge ruled that a library's dress code that prevented a worker from wearing a necklace with a cross pendant was an unconstitutional violation of free-speech rights.

The employee, Kimberly Draper, was fired for refusing to take off the pendant, which she wore as an expression of her religious faith.

"It is simply beyond credibility that an employee's personal display of a cross pendant, a star of David, or some other minor, unobtrusive religious symbol on her person would interfere with the library's purpose,"

Corporate Librarians are Hot jobs now

Hot jobs now from CNN says Challenger and Monster identified Librarians as "hot" because we are needed far beyond the school and public library systems. Corporations, government and advertising agencies, law firms, museums, research laboratories and medical centers are just a few of the arenas Challenger noted have need for those with library science degrees.

They list average salaries as $60-$65k.

Is your boss an idiot?

CNN asks Is your boss an idiot?
They say being the bright charge of a dim bulb often means suppressing the urge to say so many things, such as:"Okay, did you not get the memo that it's the 21st century?"
"Going where no man has gone before again, are we?"
and so on... Unfortunately, you have two choices: Get over it or get out.

Technology Perks Add Selling Features to Hotels

David Dillard spotted some interesting articles on bigger, faster, costlier, more versatile technologies being installed in hotel guest rooms. Philly.com says hotel business centers may become less essential, and personal computer technicians - e-butlers - are beginning to appear on the scene. In Europe, e-butlers tend to be people with hospitality training and a keen interest in technology. In the United States, they're more likely people who work in the hotels' technology departments and double as computer guest-room gurus.
Other articles on this topic found on the internet include: ">Coffee, Tea or Ethernet, and several more you can find at The NetGold List.

Salary of new chief of Multnomah County library startling

Yet another good find from The Resource Shelf.
Oregon Live Reports on the new director at Multnomah County Public. Molly Raphael will be making $138,000 a year -- a move that will make her the county's highest paid department director when she begins work in November.
By comparison, Raphael will make $33,000 more annually than her predecessor, Ginnie Cooper, and $25,000 more than the person running the Human Services department.

Raphael, now the top librarian in Washington, D.C., and earning $121,000 a year, also will make more than Portland's chief administrative officer, who oversees a budget nearly four times that of the library and has 100 more employees. Only Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker and four other county officials will make more than Raphael as top local government administrators.


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