Ramblings, citations and "brainwaves" of a college librarian in Toronto. 475 square feet refers to the size of my home, not the size of my office or library.

Staffing Issues in Libraries

E-mail this post

Remember me (?)

All personal information that you provide here will be governed by the Privacy Policy of Blogger.com. More...

Libraries today are chock full of staff that were hired before the rise of the World Wide Web and as a consequence many are unable to keep up with ever increasing IT mediated task loads. This reality holds us back in several ways: new staff are overburdened with new mission critical work, management is unable to change direction or course easily due to a lack of technical capacity to deliver, to name two.

What did Bell Canada do in the late 1980's when faced with the same problem on a bigger scale? They forced 10's of thousands into early retirement. Strategically, I think libraries need to begin to do the same before it is too late and our institution is dammaged beyond repair. Nobody is entitled to a position for life if they are unable to do what is demanded of them.

Previous posts


What do I do with ATOM?