Abstract

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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Additional Information

ISSN
1559-0682
Print ISSN
0024-2594
Pages
pp. 237-255
Launched on MUSE
2011-01-08
Open Access
No
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