Employment & Work Stories

Some People Just Have Too Much Time

FastTracker pointed out this little blurb over at Forbes

\"Some People Just Have Too Much Time

On its kids-oriented Barbie Web site, Mattel posted a tongue-in-cheek poll about careers for the 43-year-old, 1-billion-copy teenager doll. Adults took this seriously. Librarians, for example, put messages on Internet trade message boards urging colleagues to vote for their profession over, say, architect or cop.\"

Libraries and disabilities

CILIP (previously the UK Library Association and
Institute of Information Scientists) has just released a
briefing paper on the employment of people with
disabilities in library and information services. This is
the latest in a series of guidelines on equal
opportunities issues relating to the library and
information world.

Demand Explodes for Librarians With High-Tech Skills

Xuening writes "The technology revolution has changed the way librarians work. Today, they’re hired as high-tech wizards to navigate the Internet, establish Intranets, search databases and classify information. As information becomes more accessible to employees, the need for computer-savvy special librarians with stellar research skills is growing rapidly, say recruiters.

Full Story "

California\'s librarians are long overdue for a raise

Maurice J. Freedman and Anne M. Turner have a Nice One in the Sacramento Bee, where they say they hope to make some history by focusing on raising our salaries.

\"Californians cannot continue to claim they value libraries while underpaying the staff. Today, we serve more people than ever for less than the cost of one hardcover novel per capita -- divide the state\'s library budgets by the number of people served and the answer is $25. In a state with some of the nation\'s highest housing costs, California\'s library workers cannot continue to live on love alone -- just ask our landlords.\"

Un-paid position-Library Director

Thanks to Geraldine, and Steven who both passed along This Link to an unpaid library director position out in OR.
It seems to be quite bothersome to some people, due to the lengthy job description, and low (no) pay.
I don't know what the normal pay is in North Plains, OR, could it be an all volunteer library?

Sommelier pleases patrons

Some time ago, a discussion somewhere got me thinking that sommelier and librarian are similar jobs in many ways. (Maybe I heard someone actually say that. I don\'t recall.) This interview with a young sommelier (free registration may be required) in the Chicago Tribune got me thinking that again.

"Q. How does one prepare to be a sommelier?

A. Lots of reading. You have to read every book and magazine you can get your hands on. ..."

Career Advice

In \"Preparing for Your Next Job Interview\", Marie Wallace interviews Laurie Boon, an experienced recruiter/staffing manager, about how to make the most of your next job interview. It\'s in the October 1, 2002 issue of LLRX.com.

Contributed by Sabrina Pacifici

Library manager complains of racism

The Clarion-Ledger Says Charlotte Moman, a regional manager in the Jackson-Hinds Library System, his filed a complaint alleging she is being denied an opportunity to apply for the system\'s top job because of her skin color.

\"We challenge this system either to get off its racist path or that the Jackson City Council and the Hinds County Board of Supervisors need to do something about this board,\" Lumumba said. \"They have given no good answer as to why they changed the criteria.\"

Library accused of using clerks as librarians

2 SomeOnes passed along A Story From FL that says a library is being accused of using clerks as librarians. The library director responds that \"the system has fewer nonmanagerial librarians than it did three years ago because patrons\' needs are changing, particularly with growing emphasis on technology. \"It doesn\'t take a librarian to show someone how to use the Internet. What matters is service -- whoever provides it,\" said Hodel, who became director in January. \"The world is changing. The library must change.\"
See Also another story.

Shelve sexy garb - Librarians told to dress by the book

SomeOne writes \"The fashion police are cracking down on - of all people - librarians in Queens. Queens Borough Public Library officials have laid down the law: Employees can no longer wear miniskirts, sandals, blue denim, T-shirts - or even fleece - to work.

Full Story from the New York Daily News .\"


Exposed tattoos and visible piercings are also
no-nos, from the reference desk to he checkout
desk, and all the aisles in-between.

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