Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The American Union and the American Public Library

"Collective Effort:
The American Union and the American Public Library"
Joyce M. Latham and Wyatt E. Ditzler

Library Trends 59, no. 1/2 (Summer/Fall 2010): 237-55.


Unions are a significant element in the library work place, yet there is little discussion of their significance or impact. This article investigates the structures of the unions within the public library in the United States, highlighting the complexity of composition, variance of relationships to library administration, and the simplicity of mission of the union leadership. Results of a brief survey enabled researchers to engage four union officers on areas of significance to them. While concerns over salaries and funding continuity generate concern, discussion also engaged on the perceived value of the professional librarian within public libraries.

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