Employment & Work Stories

Librarian shortage looms

Another Story on the big \"Shortage of Librarians\"

This one finally adresses the salray issue. They say the average starting salary of Simmons College graduates with a master\'s degree in library science was $36,000 last year, and the director earns $64,834 annually after 20 years on the job.This is longest story on this issue I\'ve seen in the popular press.

Money is the number-one reason more men and women are not going into the field, said Charles Michaud, director of the Turner Free Library in Randolph and the only male library director in the region.\"

Librarian claims she was fired for wearing cross

Justine passed along This One on a librarian who claims she was fired from a Kentucky library for wearing a cross around her neck.

The director says she was fired for other reasons, though she said the library prohibits its workers from wearing religious symbols in order to honor the religious diversity of the patrons.

\"\"If someone wants to check out a book, and one of us shows that we have a different religious point of view than them, it could make (the patron) uncomfortable...\"

Real Job Titles for Library and Information Science Professionals

A Huge List of librarian job titles from Michelle Mach.

Includes a nifty Job Title Generator, just in case you can\'t find one cool enough in the pre-generated list.

She found the titles in job listings in American Libraries, College and Research Libraries News, or some have been sent in by employed \"librarians.\"

Libraries change lives

This Yahoo! News Story on Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan that shows just how important libraries are, and how those silly little random decisions we make every day really change our lives.

Greenspan his interest in economics started when he was playing as a professional musician in a dance band.

``I found that in the 20-minute breaks we\'d have in between sets that I started to go to the library and read books on economics. Why? I haven\'t a clue,\'\' he told an audience at Rice University in Houston after giving a speech on energy policy.

``If I had turned left instead of right (in the library), I may have ended up as a physicist for all I know,\'\' he said, drawing laughter from the crowd. \"

Market Yourself Online!

InfoToday has a Nifty Story by Rachel and Sarah the Library Job Experts on advancing your own career in the library field, online. You may also want to check out their Up Coming Book, \"The Information Professional\'s Guide to Career Development Online\"

Good stuff to know if you need to get your name out there.

\"The online environment offers tremendous potential for librarians interested in professional development, whether it be by staying in touch with colleagues, creating an online resource or resume, or finding a new job. If you\'re comfortable interacting online, you\'ll find it easy to establish a network of associates—and a set of skills—that will be helpful in all stages of your career.\"

Library director : \'Island life\'

Mary Musgrave told us CNN has a Lovely Tale of Elizabeth Connor, the library director for Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Commonwealth of Dominica. Sounds like working on an island paradise...

\"To relieve stress \"I walk down to the shore and look out at the horizon. If that doesn\'t work, I stop by the bookstore and buy some Twizzlers red licorice.\"

Could Librarians Have Prevented a Death?

Helga sent along This Infotoday story on a death at Johns Hopkins’.

They say that evidence of the chemical’s dangers could easily have been found in the published literature. The Dr. , made \"a good-faith effort\" to research the drug’s adverse effects, using PubMed, butPrevious articles published in the 1950s, warned of lung damage associated with the drug. A previous article on this asked the question, \"Could Librarians’ Help Have Prevented Hopkins Tragedy?\"

The answer to that question is a resounding \"Yes.\"

Analyzing a good Net career

Tired of sitting on the reference desk? Had enough of
cutter numbers?
Well. maybe you should think about becoming a
Web data analyst. This Story
says the current lack of brainpower available to interpret
Web data means demand for analytic talent far
outweighs supply—by at least 2-to-1. That means even
enterprises willing to shell out big bucks for qualified
analysts will have trouble finding them.

Attributes needed for the job include statistical skills, IT
savvy and project management experience.

Shortage of librarians plagues library boom

Good news, Los Angeles has built five libraries and doesn\'t have enough librarians to work in the buildings.
They say it is not only a local problem. Nationally, the supply of librarians is falling far short of the rising demands. About 22% of the nation\'s 191,000 librarians will turn 65 in the next decade.
There were 1,000 openings at the ALA, but only 481 job-seekers showed up. Hopefully that means salaries will start to go up, and I won\'t have any problem finding a new job!
LA Times.com has The Story

\"The new librarian is really a swinging person, because he or she can manage information and that\'s an incredible skill in today\'s world. I mean, who among us hasn\'t done an Internet search and gotten 5,486 hits?But a librarian knows how to find that precise bit of information you need.\"

The New Economy and the Amazon.com unionization effort

This article by by Jonathan Cohn in the New Republic is an entertaining look at a serious topic - the nature of the New Economy, particularly at Amazon.com, where the workers are attempting to unionize in response to a changing corporate culture, and attempting to return the company to the cooperative atmosphere that the workers there enjoyed in the first years.


\"As an employee,\" Alan Barclay writes, \"any illusions I might have had about the nobility of Amazon.com have been shattered.\"

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