Employment & Work Stories

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

Stark library strike settled

Ohio.com is Reporting the strike is finally over.

\"Striking workers and the board of the Stark County District Library reached a tentative contract agreement last night, according to a union representative.


Anne Hill, executive director of Service Employees International Union 925, which represents the striking library workers, said a tentative contract was reached about 7:30 p.m. She said she could not provide specifics about the proposal, which would end a nearly four-week walkout.\" -- Read More

Teachers union tells students to avoid library

A couple of strike updates:
Teamsters back library workers
Teamsters will march in downtown Canton today in support of striking library workers.
The Solidarity March, as it’s being called, is to begin at 2 p.m. at the Hilton on Market Avenue S.
Between 300 and 350 people are expected, said Paul Bair, city safety director.


Teachers union tells students to avoid librarySam Dorto, president of the 1,000-member Canton Professional Educators Association, said he hopes teachers will forgo giving library-based assignments while District 925 of the Service Employees International Union is on strike.“The library is a tremendous resource, but we won’t put the kids in a position where they have to cross the picket line.”Dorto said he is concerned about the kind of service that nonunion library workers will provide to students. He also questioned whether they would be safe, citing the library’s decision to hire security guards from Troy, Mich.-based Huffmaster Cos.

Fed mediator in library strike criticizes state

Cantronrep.com continues the strike coverage. The Latest Story is more bad news, the Federal mediator who thought he could resolve strike last week, has canceled his proposed talks and adopted a \"wait-and-see attitude\". The State Employment Relations Board has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday.

\"“I thought there was flexibility enough to (resolve the strike), but when this happened, everybody took a step back,” Connelly said Monday.\"


Anyone from Stark County have anything to add? -- Read More

New professional development newsletter!

Rachel
writes \"lisjobs.com has
started a professional development email newsletter.
lisjobs.com/
newsletter/
First issue in September,
but now it needs subscribers and contributers!
\"

lisjobs.com AND
LISNews aren\'t related in anyway, we just have good
domain names. Rachel does a great job, be sure to
check out all LISJobs has to offer.

Selling the Stacks

I really like this Story from Todays Librarian written by Peter Lisker, interim management person, at the Excellent Buffalo & Erie County, N.Y., Public Library[Site].
Peter says you are a salesperson. He says that if more librarians saw themselves as salespeople they would do great things not just for themselves and the library, but for the patrons and the community. He outlines nine key selling points -- Read More

Deadline

R Hadden Writes :Nicholson Baker has written another article criticizing past and
current library decisions. \"Deadline.\" New Yorker, July 24, 2000, pages
42-62, describes how libraries disposed of original copies of newspapers
when they microfilmed them.
Finally, in disgust at their bad decisions about money, staff, space
and acid decomposition, Mr. Baker has purchased his own collection of 19th
and early 20th century newspapers and has started his own private newspaper
library. It will be interesting to see how he will handle the many
management decisions needed in running a library. Money, staff, space and
preservation needs led to this library problem- I am dying of curiosity to
find out how he can run a library without these problems affecting him.

Mark C. Rosenzweig has written quite a response that is also making the rounds on the lists. Read on to check that one out, it\'s worth a read. -- Read More

Reduce Your Overdues

Chris Rippel wrote this wonderful recommendation:

In the early 1980s, Patsy Hansel, Robert Burgin, and Paul Little did
extensive statistical analysis revealing what practices correlated with
more overdues and what practices are correlated with fewer overdues. For
example, libraries with loan periods of 3 weeks had more overdues than
libraries with loan periods of 2 or 4 weeks.


Here are my recommendations based on their findings. -- Read More

Tiff Over Asbestos in Libraries

A couple of libraries down in Long Island are having some trouble with asbestos. Library trustees ordered the buildings closed indefinitely until the outdated fire retardant-now considered a carcinogen-is completely removed. But since the work might not be completed until November, town officials ordered on Tuesday the libraries be reopened. So apparently the librarians are now working in an asbestos filled library!

\"Why is it suitable for our library employees to enter these contaminated areas on a regular basis, and yet it is unsafe for the public to enter them only occasionally?\" Thomas Conoscenti, chairman of the library board of trustees, said in a written statement

The Story is at Newsday.com -- Read More

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