posted by fusenumber8 @ 1:25 PM
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What does this mean? Can any good come of it?
I'm a contract librarian (for a federal agency) and I have to say, it's not bad. I was a corporate librarian before this, though, so I have not worked in a public system.
Ah, but you have a library degree, yes? Could as much be said for the private management these libraries are considering bringing in?
Yes, I have a library degree (and a second MA degree) and am the Library Manager in my library. As many federal libraries have been under contract management for decades now, generally there are strict requirements for bidding contract companies and those with a proven record for library contract management do well. I do have to sometimes deal with federal contract managers who don't understand library issues, but generally my corporate management has a good grasp on library issues. I've included my email address if you wish to discuss this further.
No, that's all right. Not working in that specific situation myself I will take your word for it. I've no personal experience with it myself. Just the word of others. Is it completely well and good though? Really?
There are the usual hassles of being a librarian - the budget for new materials is not unlimited, patrons can sometimes be demanding, etc. I just don't find it to really be an issue, although my managers have told me that there are people who work well under a contract system and those who don't (usually due to the fact that contracts have an end and there is a bit of uncertainty about their renewal) - I guess I'm just not that uncomfortable with a bit of uncertainty every few years.
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