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Library employees fired over censorship of graphic novel

Library employees fired over censorship of graphic novel: It has become a question of what public libraries are enshrined to do, what role they are to play in monitoring children and whether they get to decide what people get to read.

What complicates this is that the graphic novel in question meets no standard of obscenity by the law.

Injured During Her Lunch Hour, Librarian Wins Compensation But County Wants a Redo

Montgomery County (MD) is suing a county librarian who won about $5,500 in workers' compensation for hurting herself while trying to retrieve a shampoo bottle from her car during her lunch break, court records show.

Ginger Wilson, 64, said a gust of wind blew her car door into her while she was getting into her car at the suburban DC Twinbrook Library, causing her to fall and hurt her left arm, knee and foot. Wilson was trying to get a shampoo bottle because she had scheduled a hair appointment for her lunch break, court records show.

Wilson had surgery on her left wrist because of the injury and filed a workers' compensation claim. The Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission found that her injuries arose "out of and in the course of employment" and awarded her six weeks' worth of workers' compensation. The County wants the money returned. Washington Examiner reports.

Staff morale 'at all-time low' as librarian numbers plummet

Though it seems like this report could be from just about anywhere, but it's from Scotland. They say morale in libraries across the Capital is said to be at an "all-time low" as figures show the number of full-time librarians has plunged by nearly a quarter.

The city council has been undertaking a two-year review of its library service and now employs 19 fewer full-time qualified librarians than it did a year ago.

Hartford Library's New COO A Non-Librarian

In a break from tradition, the board of the Hartford Public Library named a chief operating officer Wednesday whose professional background is not in library services.

Matthew K. Poland brings extensive business experience, including time as a senior vice president and chief operating officer at Work/Life Innovations and as senior vice president of human resources at Veritude, a Fidelity investments company, and more than 10 years as a vice president at The Courant.

Castleton Village Residents Wants to Know: Why Was Their Library Director Fired?

According to Albany NY's Times Union, backers of the Castleton Village Library director Darlene Miller who was fired last month came to a Town Board meeting Thursday seeking answers but did not get any.

Miller was fired from the $40,000 post by the library board of directors on Sept. 18. Library board members have called the matter a personnel issue and have said they won't comment. They could not be immediately reached Thursday.

Miller's supporters have said the move was made as a result of a long-standing disagreement between the board of trustees and Miller over programs. Supporters have started a blog "We Want Our Librarian Back!"

Fury as Gardener is Appointed Assistant Librarian

Library hiring can be problematic no matter the location.

In South Africa, concerned residents of Tzaneen in Limpopo have called for an investigation into the municipality’s decision to appoint a gardener as library assistant.

The residents claim the gardener was appointed at the Haenertzburg library though she does not have a matric certificate.

The gardener, whose name is known to Sowetan [ed- why aren't they reporting it?] reportedly attended interviews but did not qualify for the position.

But, the chief librarian of Haenertzburg, Mienie de Villiers, allegedly recommended that she be appointed. More from Sowetan.

Out go librarians, in come "libraries customer service officers" in the UK

Camden LIBRARIANS face job cuts after council chiefs announced at least 14 posts are set to be cut.
The Town Hall finally announced the exact number of potential job losses on Friday after months of speculation as part of the "Growing Your Library" overhaul of the service.

[Update] I was off by a couple thousand Miles, this has nothing to do with NJ! Sorry.

50 Exercises You Can Do At The Library Without Looking Foolish

All kinds of workouts...pilates, desk workouts, ab workouts, even a jump rope workout you can do without a jump rope, etc., should you feel inspired to exercise while on the job.

Courtesy of Accredited Online Degrees via Peter Scott's Library Blog. Thanks Peter.

Texas Library Director Dumped...Explanation TBA

Here's a preview of a story that's still in the works: Nancy Clarke, director of the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson Cty Library in Floresville, Texas was terminated by the county commissioners, but we won't know why until tomorrow.

Strange teaser from the Wilson County (TX) News:

The Wilson County Commissioners Court soon will have to begin the search for a new head librarian for the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library as a result of their unanimous Aug. 10 vote to terminate Head Librarian Nancy Clarke’s employment.

The vote followed a nearly 90-minute executive session, in which County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Leonard Rotter Jr., Bobby Lynn, and Larry Wiley discussed a grievance brought against Clarke by a library employee.

Gamez made the motion to “terminate Nancy Clarke’s employment effective today, based on what we heard in executive session,” which was seconded by Rotter.

Afterward, Quinney said he was unable to comment about the nature of the grievance or about what the commissioners heard from witnesses who gave statements during the executive session.

For more on the commissioners court meeting, read the Aug. 12 print edition of the Wilson County News.


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