Employment & Work Stories

Five more librarians file complaints over Internet porn issue

The Startribune has a short update on the continuing trouble in Minneapolis.

Five more librarians filed discrimination complaints against the Minneapolis Public Library System Monday, even though their attorney admitted conditions at the downtown Central Library have improved since a policy was drafted limiting access to pornography on the Internet.

The latest complaints filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were drafted shortly after seven other librarians filed complaints earlier this month, charging the library with being a \"hostile, offensive, palpably unlawful working environment.\" -- Read More

Idea to use prisoners at library falls flat

Macontel.com is carrying this Story on a failed attempt to have prisoners working around the library all the time.

\"Commissioner Joe Allen said \"We\'ve got a lot of good people ... ,\" \"In prison?\" asked Charles Schmidt, regional library director.
\"I\'d rather resign\" than have prisoners working in the libraries, said Schmidt -- Read More

Library porn goes beyond 1st Amendment

Brave librarians going against the grain in MN

The Pioneer Planet in MN continues is coverage of the trouble in the Minneapolis Public Library. This Story says that the librarians are upset over people viewing pornography in the library, and this could lead to a class action law suit.

``We\'re not just talking about naked ladies here. We\'re talking about the really raunchy stuff,\'\' said Robert Halagan, who represents seven librarians from the city\'s central library in downtown Minneapolis. -- Read More

Loss of Librarians

Ron Force sent in this story


The New York Times has an editorial on the loss of city librarians to better paid jobs in the suburbs, entitled \"New York\'s Vanishing Librarians\"

The three public library systems that serve New York City are just recovering from the fiscal crisis of the 1970\'s, which left bookshelves empty, computer systems outdated and library buildings falling to pieces. Now the New York, Brooklyn and Queens library systems face a new problem -- the rapid departure of their professional librarians, who are leaving for better-paying jobs in the suburbs and other cities. -- Read More

Library may be making its employees sick

abqjournal.com has a scary Little Story

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Recent concerns raised over health problems experienced by some Santa Fe city library employees have officials combing the Main Library for fungi that could be the source.
More than a dozen employees of the Main Library have experienced recent health problems...\" -- Read More

Job Search Advice

Library Juice lives
up to its\' usual level of excellence with the Job Search Supplement. An unbeatable
guide to resources and advice on finding a job in the
dog eat dog world of librarians. -- Read More

Dharna in Pondicherry.

The Hindu, Online edition of India\'s National Newspaper on indiaserver.com, has a story on a dharna going on in Pondicherry.

\"Members of the Pondicherry State Library and Information Assistants Association will stage a dharna in front of the Assembly premises on March 27 (the day when budget session of the Assembly is scheduled to begin). \" -- Read More

Tax-time help overdue

The Detroit Free Press has an interesting story on the crushing burden that tax time puts on some librarians.

\"Sally Arrivee, head reference librarian, calls it her \"hundred days of hell.\" And she\'s sick of it.\" -- Read More

Union talk at library more than whisper

A story on labour troubles in FL.


Nonprofessional employees at the Orange County Library System are again trying to form a union.\"It\'s just been really difficult [at the library],\" said Sandi Rogers, an audio-visual clerk. \"It\'s very bitter and very divisive.\"

For the past two weeks, union representatives have been distributing a petition among the 180-plus support staff at the downtown library and 12 branches. -- Read More

Librarian group protests policy on same-sex insurance

The Pittsburg Post Gazette has a Story here on the university of Pitt\'s practice of not providing those benefits is the subject of a lawsuit by seven current and former employees.

A group representing University of Pittsburgh librarians is calling on the university to begin extending health insurance to domestic partners of its gay and lesbian employees. -- Read More

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