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.
Another interesting one that we have linked to and which has been controversial is http://secretliblog.wordpress.
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.