Saturday, December 13, 2014

Media Specialists in California School District to Be Let Go

Library media specialists are among employees of the Calaveras Unified School District who are to be laid off next year. Students, teachers, a principal, and the union spokesperon have all spoken out against the elimination of the media specialist positions, with one student stating:
The main thing I want to address is the sheer fact that our librarian is just as important as the library itself. To some of us, that library is a second home and the librarian an ear open to listen.
Some schools within the school district are already operating without a media specialist.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Strike at University of Malawi

Library workers and other staff at the University of Malawi are on strike, demanding a 45% wage increase. This is just one of many strikes by workers at institutions across the country, including teachers and judiciary staff.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Strike in Montreal

Public libraries are among the many services closed today in Montreal as thousands of city workers engage in a one-day strike. The strike is in protest of Bill 3, proposed legislation that would change pension plans for Quebec's municipal workers. More information can be found at

Friday, November 28, 2014

Petition Against Proposal for Volunteer-Run Libraries

Leicestershire County Council is looking for volunteers to take over thirty-six of its library branches in a bid to save money by reducing the number of paid library staff. Unison has launched a petition against this plan, with a spokesperson stating "This will certainly restrict access to libraries".

Thursday, November 27, 2014

'Staffless Libraries' to be Introduced in Ireland

Plans for "staffless libraries" are underway in several counties in Ireland. Extended hours would be implemented at the participating libraries, with staffing levels remaining the same. During the hours in which there are no staff present, patrons would able to engage in self-service activities, including using the internet and borrowing and returning library items. A spokesperson from IMPACT, the union representing library workers, stated that this new plan does not have support from the union.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Collective Agreement for Stark County District Library Workers

Employees at Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio have a new collective agreement that includes increased pay rates. Library employees are represented by Service Employees International Union District 1199.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Petition to Stop Closure of Imperial War Museum Library

Prospect union has launched a petition in response to the proposed closure of England's Imperial War Museum library. The Museum and its library were founded in 1917 and, according to its website, have a mandate "to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'wartime experience'". According to a Prospect spokesperson:
Closing IWM's library is not a fitting way to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. IWM aspires to be a highly respected authority on its subject matter, but this will be impossible without a library.
Closure of the library would result in the loss of up to 80 jobs in addition to the loss of this collection. Sign the petition here