Employment & Work Stories

Information Experts in the Info Age

Information Experts in the Information Age is the name of a report from the Labor Department\'s \"Occupational Outlook
Quarterly\". They have many kind things to say about librarians and the work we do.

It\'s a PDF so you\'ll need Acrobat.

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Who Organizes The Web?

Webgrrls.com has a rather interesting Story on the library profession.

\"Having abandoned the \"book ghetto\" and the image of glasses and hair buns, librarians have commercialized on their ability to manage knowledge and information. Today\'s librarians are more commonly known as cybrarians, content managers, information specialists, and knowledge engineers. \"

E-Mail Makes the World Go \'Round

Computers In Libraries has a nice Story by D. Scott Brandt on the use of eMail in libraries. He talks about how librarians use eMail to make friends and help patrons.

\"E-mail technology really enables librarians to have all sorts of relationships with patrons from around the world.\"

The Revenge of the Library Scientist

I like this opening line from This Story at Online Inc.


\"Much like the work of aircraft mechanics, library scientists don\'t get enough respect.\"

Before you jump all over them for saying \"library scientist\" instead of \"librarian\" give the article a read. It is very complimentary to librarians, of course there are pleanty of other reasons to jump on them:

\"There\'s a lot of insecurity among librarians about what they know that other people don\'t. The truth is that non-librarians often believe they can find and organize information.\"

Should Librarians Help Support Masturbation?

Kell Yusuf writes \"...the question seems answered by a recent Rosensweig email in the affirmative.
Given his official ALA association, that\'s the only inference to be made when he writes:


\"`masturbation,\' for example, is not a vice: it\'s a normal sexual outlet and it should be actively described as such to children and they should be taught about it by trained professionals! That\'s pedagogically and medically sound. That\'s in the best interests of the child. We should, to put it bluntly, be sex-positive, in favor of sex education, of providing information about abortion...\" and \"...ALA [should] find allies in the educational profession, in the legal profession, among politicians, in the social work and child development profession...\"


Why not be more blunt or go further? Let\'s recruit librarians to actively locate and collect net porno and train children to find it on the net to support their sexual curiosity and thus encourage them to use this material for jerkin\' off. What better way to support our allies on these other professions? The full text of his email missive is dated Oct. 11, 2000, a more recent one than the email from him posted before at:
worldnetdaily.com \"

For Knowledge, Look Within

Here\'s an interesting story from KM Magazine on an alternative career for librarians, they call the position an \"Internal Infomediary\", someone who creates or manages systems to connect employees with the knowledge they need.

\"In this information age, I think people are acknowledging there is more to it than sticking a Web browser on your desktop. There is usually a curve organizations go through of Why do we need intermediaries? We have the Web. We have Yahoo. We have Alta Vista. We can do our own searching. Then the organization usually comes full circle and says, What are we doing? We are not paying engineers to surf the Web all day.\" -- Read More

Techies.com salary survey

For anyone thinking of making the jump to the dot.com world, News.com has a story on what cities are \"most affordable\", that is, highest pay, lowest cost of living.

\"The first-of-its-kind survey, released exclusively to CNET News.com , uses detailed salary information from more than 570,000 workers who filled out questionnaires at Techies.com. Workers run the gamut from technical writers and telephone call-center operators to senior vice presidents and chief technology officers.

Read on for the winners and losers... -- Read More

Fargo library director talks about his behavior

In-Forum.com has an Interview with Fargo Public Library Director
Dave Davis. If you haven\'t heard the full story, they also
have a summary that will bring you up to speed.

\"During a library meeting March 1, Davis told
employee Cynthia Wray, who was eight-months
pregnant: “I just can’t stand looking at you ... with your
hands like that you look like you’re stuffed.” He then
turned his back on her. Davis later apologized after
being told to do so. \"

In the interview he
says:Has it been difficult for you to
communicate with the employees?

\"Not to my knowledge it hasn’t. It’s show time. My
mother raised me to be a gentleman … and my wife
expects me to be a gentleman, too. Besides, I’ve found
in life I don’t hold grudges. That’s just not a Dave Davis
personality. \" -- Read More

Library union OKs pact

The Final Story in the
librarian strike saga (Hopefully).

\"The members
of District 925 of the Service Employees International
Union had approved the three-year tentative agreement,
89-3. “Oh my goodness, that makes me really happy,”
said Library Director Nan Johnston, who was notified of
the tally by telephone.\"


Back to work at last.

Strikers Not Sure What to Expect

The Canton
Rep
is Now Reporting the strike
may not be quite as over as we once thought.

“This could be the ‘Dewey beats Truman’
headline of the day,” assistant Library Director Marge
Baker said early Friday afternoon, referring to the
infamous Chicago Tribune headline that appeared after
the 1948 presidential election.\" -- Read More

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