Employment & Work Stories

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 Library trustees ordered the buildings closed indefinitely until the outdated fire retardant-now considered a carcinogen-is completely removed.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

Huge flood on Director\'s First Week

You think your first day on the job was a tuff one?

In-Forum has
another Story on the flooding at NDSU. It turns out
the new director just started 2 weeks ago! Her fourth
day at work was a flood that caused incredible amounts
of damage to the library.

\"What Pamela Drayson
calls \"our own Niagara Falls\" came crashing through
the library\'s southside windows and engulfed full
bookshelves and map cases Tuesday, her fourth day of
employment at NDSU. Marooned in the south Fargo
house where she moved one week earlier, Drayson
could not reach the library, even by
telephone.\"

What a trooper! Kudos to her and
her staff for all the hard work. -- Read More

What does it take to be a Webmaster?

A while back we ran a poll “Librarians as Webmasters” to see what LISNews readers thought of the move of librarians out of the library, and into the web world. More and more employers are realizing that it takes more than basic programming and graphics skills to make a complete web site. Employees (Webmasters) also need to be able to organize the ever increasing amounts of information on the web. Librarians are uniquely suited for such a job. Afterall, who can organize better than a librarian. So what does it take? -- Read More

Library Techs In Demand, NOT Librarians

Chicago Tribune has a Story on current employment trends in libraries. They report that highly skilled library technicians will be in greater demand. Unfortunalty that is because they will be expected to take on some of the roles traditionally assumed by librarians. -- Read More

Library Liberals

Marva
Chung
writes: From Quill &
Quire
, June 2000, p.17 article titled: \"Library clerk
resigns
over \"liberal\" Internet policy\"
CLerk resigned because the library\'s policy
essentially...\"places the
responsibility of defining offensive material on
individual employees...\"
This - may be \"discomforting\" at times...\" reports
Manchester, the Chief
Librarian, \"...but says she has not received complaints
from any other staff
members.\"

They don\'t seem to have this issue
online yet, if it becomes available I will update the link.

Librarian pay

Phil sent in this story from The faculty and staff newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh has a rather interesting story on the pay difference between librarians at Pitt and Penn State main campuses. It seems average pay at PSU is about $5,300 higher than that paid to Pitt Librarians. -- Read More

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