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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
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
Chung writes: From Quill &
Quire, June 2000, p.17 article titled: \"Library clerk
over \"liberal\" Internet policy\"
CLerk resigned because the library\'s policy
responsibility of defining offensive material on
This - may be \"discomforting\" at times...\" reports
Manchester, the Chief
Librarian, \"...but says she has not received complaints
from any other staff
They don\'t seem to have this issue
online yet, if it becomes available I will update the link.
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
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
\"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
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
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
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