Some of the criticisms leveled at Seuss include the fact that 98% of his books were dominated by white males, or that many of his “foreign” characters display typical stereotypes. This is absolutely true but looking back in time when I first started teaching in 1967 this was true of most books. I know because … Continue reading Intellectual Freedom: Why I am Keeping Seuss Books
On Sunday, January 20, there was a devastating fire at the Barker Public Library, in Barker, NY which is in the Nioga Library System. There were no injuries but the entire building was lost. Buffalo News Article A statement from the Barker Public Library: “At approximately midnight on Monday, January 21, 2019 we were informed that … Continue reading Barker Public Library Fire
Our union stands with the federal workers who are impacted by the shutdown. Today is day 34 of the federal government shutdown. Impacted federal employees have now gone without two paychecks. There are 26,000 federal employees who live in Suffolk and Nassau. With numbers like that, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that we … Continue reading Support For Federal Employees On Long Island
Our colleagues at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library created this wonderful video about library cards! Enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/MMSCL/videos/10156621250061654/
A number of our members have been trained in the administration of intra-nasal NARCAN. Given by SCLS, this training is designed for non-traditional responders and meets New York State Department of Health requirements that include recognition of opioid overdose, administration of NARCAN, and steps to take until EMS arrives. Our staff association fully supports these … Continue reading Opioid Overdose Resuscitation Training
The Westhampton Library Staff Association is supporting the ALA's National Library Week initiative this week. Head to your public, school or academic library during National Library Week to see what's new and take part in the celebration. Libraries across the country are participating... read more...
When the staff is sacrificing for years, management should not be rewarded to their exclusion. A Louisiana teacher who stood up at a school board meeting and asked why the superintendent was getting a raise while educators and support staff were not was ejected from the room by a marshal, handcuffed on the floor and … Continue reading Teacher Arrested for Questioning Superintendent Contract
The Westhampton Library Staff Association had its biennial election last month and chose a new slate of officers. The executive board for the upcoming two year term will be: Susan Berdinka, President Nola Thacker, Vice President Mara Zonderman, Secretary Rachel Mayo, Treasurer/Membership
Last month the union negotiating team and the library board team finalized a tentative contract. Our staff union voted last week to ratify this contract. Tonight the library board did also. The final signatures will be added tomorrow, November 16. We look forward to working with management to create a safe, secure work environment with fair and … Continue reading We Have a Contract!
After the reporters and editors voted to unionize, management of DNAinfo and Gothamast decided to shut down and put everyone out of work. The decision puts 115 people out of work, both at the New York operations that unionized and at those in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington... Read more...