Normally, I would want to take International Workers Day, also known as May Day, to wish everyone a happy May Day... and especially on a Friday a happy weekend.
However, this is a very difficult May Day for many people in the world of libraries as many of the most vulnerable members of our field are forced to make difficult decisions or losing jobs and protections after years of service to our institutions. Unfortunately, the future is too uncertain to make any predictions now about what the future may hold, making our work ever more precarious.
So instead, I can offer solidarity and best wishes from afar and encourage those who can to contribute to the HALO fund if you are in a position where you can, follow the #protectlibraryworkers hashtag on social media, and register for the #LIBREV(olution) virtual conference scheduled for next Monday.
We all need each other, even at a distance, more than ever. May you have a safe International Workers Day.
Always in Solidarity,
Union Library Workers Blog