Employment & Work Stories

Library staff\'s creativity finds a way to open branch on Mondays

TribNet is reporting the library staff at Tacoma\'s tiny Kobetich Library were able to open the library on Monday for the first time in years, thanks to a combination of means: volunteering to alter a contract agreement so they could make changes in their own schedules; taking advantage of changes at the Swan Creek Library; and using some end-of-year money left in the library budget.

\"All we know is that if we\'re afraid to do things because of coming budget cuts, then we\'ll always be afraid to do things, because there always seem to be budget cuts coming.\"

Australian employment figures

Aaron Tunn writes \"The following links may be of interest to those wanting to check out where \'libraryland\' employment rates...by numbers, salary, gender etc...


Archivists/Intelligence professionals

Library Technicians

Library Assistants

They say average pay is $810 a week, before taxes.

Library employee arrested

This One says the public relations director of the York County Library was arrested Friday, accused of taking donated library books and selling them on the Internet for her own gain.

Her supervisor, however, says he believes the employee paid the library for the books before selling them.
Police learned of the sales when a citizen complained that items on the Internet matched items that were donated to the library, Kitts said.

Nation story on librarian salaries

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"
If your library subscribes to the print version of THE NATION, you can read the article on librarians\' salaries. Thanks to Yvonne Farley, member of ALA Pay Equity Taskforce, for telling me about it.

From the August 5, 2002 issue

Librarians Under Siege, by
Laura Flanders

TheNation.com \"

Update:From Steve:\"Mistake.....the nation article is NOT on library salaries....please change to LIBRARIANS UNDER SIEGE...sorry...my source was incorrect!\"
Read The Full Story.

Libraries need new recruits

Yet Another Story that says more than 30,000 of the roughly 125,000 school, public and college librarians in the country -- about one-fourth of the total -- are expected to reach retirement age by 2009.

Here\'s how the average salaries for librarians stack up against other professions in Michigan:
Dentists: $121,170
Lawyers: $85,080
Financial managers: $80,660
Physical therapists: $59,460
Computer programmers: $55,340
Accountants and auditors: $51,320
High school teachers: $44,890
Librarians: $44,880
Legislators: $37,420
Photographers: $29,030

Hire librarians to upgrade intelligence network

This OP-ED Piece says librarians come to the rescue in any sort of information crisis, whether that involves mountains of facts or scraps that are barely clues. Avid readers with meticulous indexing and organizing skills offer potential for uncovering terrorist plots on domestic soil — and no one fits that career profile better than librarians.

Beyond the Dewey Decimal

SFGate is running This Industry Outlook on librarianship.
They say public library systems nationwide are faced with a librarian shortage, beacause nearly 58 percent of professional librarians will reach age 65 between 2005 and 2019, according to the 1990 census.

\"It\'s the information age, and librarians are the information specialists,\" said Kevin Starr, state librarian for California.\"

Library strike or lockout deadline set for July 4th

Bob Cox alerts us to This Release that says the union representing 2,400 library workers in
the City of Toronto has requested and been granted a \"no board\" report,
starting the countdown to a strike or lockout. The Ministry of Labour has set
July 4th, 12:01 a.m. as the deadline for the library workers.

Of Work and Suff

Here\'s 2 stories sent in by Bob Cox on what\'s doing in American libraries these days.

Libraries Face Staffing Shortages says More than 30,000 of the roughly 125,000 school, public, and college and university librarians in the country--about one-fourth of the total--are expected to reach retirement age by 2009, according to the American Library Association.

While NCSU says Twenty-seven library workers, including all six security guards, have received layoff notices. Spending for new books will be slashed.

I keep seeing these two seemingly contradictory stories repeated again and again.

The Librarian Shortage: a New Perspective

This story discusses the national librarian shortage and shortages in other female-dominated professions. Although this casts a new and interesting spin on the shortage discussion, I am looking forward to reading your comments about librarianship as a female-dominated profession.


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