Thursday, June 7, 2012

Holiday

I'm going to be away for about a week and a half, so things will be quiet around here for the next little while.  I'll resume updating the blog in the latter part of June.  In the meantime, if you hear of any pertinent news please leave a comment and I'll post it when I return.  Thanks!

3 comments:

  1. Hi, I just came across this blog and would like to link it my union's website, which I am the webmaster for (http://librariansassociation.org/).

    Another interesting one that we have linked to and which has been controversial is http://secretliblog.wordpress.com/ This is a blog that pretty much tells it like it is in an often satirical manner. It has garnered the attention of our management and serves as an outlet for the great frustration felt by much of the staff.

    Things have been quite difficult at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library for some time, but a few of us are trying to change that, though with out much hope. Administration has opened the door to renegotiate our contract after 6 years and I am trying to convince the full time staff to consider concessions in order to get the part-time librarian staff (over half of the dues paying membership and pretty much without any benefits!!) a bit more inclusion. It is a challenging situation because the union has been dominated by managers until recently (many have been laid off or left over the last 6 years). Most of what we have left are pretty much disenfranchised part-timers. Not a good thing for the profession, the system or the community.

    I believe our system is where it is in part because it has tolerated mediocrity for so long, not encouraging the more progressive, activist and creative among staff, most of whom have gone elsewhere. We have allowed our library to be decimated and led by those without vision. So here we are with half the professional staff we had six years ago, closed branches, reduced hours and a vision that barely extends beyond Barnes & Nobles'. And for such a city like Buffalo that could benefit so much from a great library system. I'm sure this is a familiar story.

    I am glad however to come across this site and will most likely join the guild, which sounds very much in line with what a few of us here believe.

    Thanks,
    Beth Lewitzky

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    1. Hi, Beth! Thanks for the information. I'll add those links. Would you mind if I post this comment on the blog itself?

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  2. Hi Braden! I just saw that you had responded to my comment from last month and I would be happy for you to re-post it. I would only edit slightly as follows:

    Hi, I just came across this blog and would like to link it my union's website, which I am the webmaster for (http://librariansassociation.org/).

    Another interesting one that we have linked to and which has been controversial is http://secretliblog.wordpress.com/ This is a blog that pretty much tells it like it is in an often satirical manner. It serves as an outlet for the great frustration felt by much of the staff.

    Things have been quite difficult at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library for some time, but a few of us are trying to change that, though without much hope. Administration has opened the door to renegotiate our contract after 6 years and I am trying to convince the full time staff to consider concessions in order to get the part-time librarian staff (over half of the dues paying membership and pretty much without any benefits!!) a bit more inclusion, though the "pie," arbitrarily or not, is quite small here in Erie County, NY. It is a challenging situation because the union has been dominated by librarian managers until recently (many have been laid off or left over the last 6 years). Most of what we have left are pretty much disenfranchised part-timers. Not a good thing for the profession, the system or the community.

    I believe our system is where it is in part because it has tolerated mediocrity for so long, not encouraging the more progressive, activist and creative among staff, most of whom have gone elsewhere. We have allowed our library to be decimated and led without vision. And like so many others, we have bought into the rhetoric of fiscal belt-tightening, which means cuts and concessions for us below while the money goes elsewhere. So here we are with half the professional staff we had six years ago, closed branches, reduced hours and a vision that barely extends beyond Barnes & Nobles'. And for such a city like Buffalo that could benefit so much from a great library system. I'm sure this is a familiar story.

    I am glad however to come across this site and would like to join the guild (and perhaps even begin a Buffalo chapter?), which sounds very much in line with what some of us here believe.

    Sincerely,
    Beth Lewitzky

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