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Discussion Progressive Librarians Guild opposes the actions of the Hyatt Company

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 09:20 pm

Progressive Librarians Guild opposes the actions of the Hyatt Company


Be it hereby resolved that the Progressive Librarians Guild opposes the actions of the Hyatt Company in its mass firing of housekeepers in Boston and Cambridge. We also oppose the actions of the Hyatt Company in having regular employees train temporary employees to cover for regular employees' vacations, then use those newly trained temporary employees to permanently replace the regular employees.

We urge all librarians to avoid using Hyatt facilities during the 2010 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association.


Approved by the Progressive Librarians Guild. Coordinating Committee, October 14, 2009.


For further information, see the Progressive Librarians Guild's Union Action Committee

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Discussion Who Defends Intellectual Freedom for Librarians? by John Buschman

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 05:57 pm

Who Defends Intellectual Freedom for Librarians?

by John Buschman

Academe, Sept/Oct. 2009.

The ALA should defend librarians as the AAUP defends faculty members.

 

Who Defends Intellectual Freedom for Librarians?

by John Buschman

Academe, Sept/Oct. 2009.

The ALA should defend librarians as the AAUP defends faculty members.

 

The bottom line is that librarians (academic or otherwise) are unwilling, through their premier professional association, to shame those involved in the most egregious violations of intellectual freedom when the violations occur within the profession.

 

Read the article here.

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Discussion Union Librarian is now a Progressive Librarians Guild Project

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 03:37 pm

PLG  has approved  Union Librarian as a PLG Project.

Progressive Librarians Guild is committed to:

  • providing a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library issues.
  • conducting campaigns to support progressive and democratic library activities locally, nationally and internationally.
  • supporting activist librarians as they work to effect changes in their own libraries and communities.
  • bridging the artificial and destructive gaps between school, public, academic and special libraries, and between public and technical services.
  • encouraging debate about prevailing management strategies adopted directly from the business world, to propose democratic forms of library administration, and to foster unity between librarians and other library workers.
  • critically considering the impact of technological change in the library workplace, on the provision of library services, and on the character of public discourse.
  • monitoring the professional ethics of librarianship from a perspective of social responsibility.
  • facilitating contacts between progressive librarians and other professional and scholarly groups dealing with communications and all the political, social, economic and cultural trends which impact upon it worldwide, in a global context.
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