Employment & Work Stories

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

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

\"

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

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