I've been meaning to respond to this for a while, but with summer courses etc. have not.
First off, I have to say I agree that the position needs a professional library over a library tech (and, in reality, probably both -- and then some).
However, I question the degree to which a more rural area library would be able to attract a professional librarian without adding some serious perks.
So, on the one hand, I think its important to advocate on behalf of professional librarians, but also I think professional associations should consider supporting a policy-study to make recommendations on how to attract librarians to rural areas.
There's got to be some DoE/HRSC funding available for this sort of thing.
Heck, you might even be able to grab some students (Public admin or library science) from some university (Universite de Moncton or Dal) to help out.
> Date: Mon Jul 12 16:47:28 ADT 2004
> From: "Penny Logan" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Questions about recent Job Posting
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Hello, Leo and APLA list members
> Just wanted to update you all that the Canadian Health Libraries Association will be writing a letter to the Pictou Health Authority noting that the Standards for Hospital Libraries requires a Librarian as the Manager of a hospital Library.
> As pointed out, this job description appears to have been written for a management position requiring the skills and experience of a Librarian and we will endeavour to convince the Pictou County Health Authority of same. We are working to get letters of support from other library associations. If you are interested in supporting our e-mail/letter-writing campaign, please contact me.
> Penny Logan
> President, CHLA/ABSC
> >>> "Leo J. Deveau" <[log in to unmask]> 2004-07-07 3:45:40 pm >>>
> Hi everyone,
> Re. below, concerning this recent job posting that came on the APLA list
> from the Pictou County Health Authority, it raises the question as to where
> the heck the professional line is between the role of the professional
> �Librarian¹ and the role of �Library Technican.¹ I know this is a
> contentious issue for some. This posting reads like a committee seeking to
> fill a position that has too much work and too little pay. Just an
> On 7/7/04 3:13 PM, "ARH_Library" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > PICTOU COUNTY HEALTH AUTHORITY
> > LIBRARY TECHNICIAN
> > Job Summary: Under the direction of the Library Committee and reporting to
> > the Director of Quality Management, the Library Technician is responsible for
> > providing library services to all staff and affiliates of the Pictou County
> > Health Authority. The Library Technician will manage reference services,
> > journal subscriptions, document delivery, collection development, circulation,
> > statistics, and library promotion within the organization. The Library
> > Technician will also provide clerical support for an onsite clinic for the
> > equivalent of one day per week.
> > Qualifications:
> > * Library Technician diploma from an accredited program is required.
> > * Computer skills including Microsoft Office and demonstrated internet
> > searching ability required.
> > *
> > * Excellent organizational and time management skills required.
> > *
> > * Knowledge of medical reference sources, both print and online required.
> > *
> > * Demonstrated ability to market library services required.
> > *
> > * Competence in meeting management and team building.
> > *
> > * Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills.
> > *
> > * Demonstrated ability to function autonomously.
> > *
> > * Previous work attendance may be considered.
> > * An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered for
> > this position.
> Leo J. Deveau M.Ed., MLIS
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> Penny Logan
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