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Forced Unionism in Libraries

Only 22 states have “right-to-work” laws in place

Brian Shepard - Executive Director of Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling, Illinois, posted on his LinkedIn timeline that his library board approved a new family leave policy. When I commented on the post, challenging that if that library unionized, library staff would get more better benefits. Right after my comment, Brian completely remove his LinkedIn account. That led me to search the issue of the libraries unionization, especially in Illinois. I figured out that Mr. Shepard wanted to avoid not only involving in an online discussion about unionize his library, he wanted also to avoid being involved in the bigger issue of Forced Unionism, as his state is one of many states enforce non-members of a union to pay union fees. US Supreme Court is hearing an argument about the issue nowadays. Only 22 states have “right-to-work” laws in place. Right-to-work laws make it illegal for employers to force workers to join unions or, if not interested in joining, paying the equivalent of union dues as a condition of their job. So, if the library would like to unionize and make joining the union or paying union dues a condition of employment in the library in a right-to-work state, the union will be in violation of the law. 


According to Department for Professional Employees Library Workers: Facts & Figures Fact Sheet 2016, In 2015, librarians who were union members (20.5 percent of librarians) earned 37 percent ($336) more per week than their non-union counterparts. While there has been a lot of volatility in wages reported by librarians, likely due to economic factors that affect library funding, it has paid to be a union librarian. 


Why library union?

Librarians and library staff can lose many of their workplace rights and many benefits such as losses of sick days and a loss of year cost of living adjustments, or COLAs.

Organizing a library’s staff into a union may help to improve the working conditions in the library, particularly if they are part-time employees.

The unions argue that, if non-members don’t pay agency fees, they are not paying their “fair share” of the union’s cost of bargaining.

Problems of library union:

While library union can protect its members from losing jobs, that make non-union librarian top target when library administration wants to cut budget.

Many union members librarians posted on different online social media that being union members made them lazier at work, knowing they are protected.  

In my state of Virginia, the public policy is that the right of persons to work shall not be denied or abridged account of membership or non-membership in any labor union or labor organization. None of the libraries around Alexandria, Virginia is unionized.

In America: No Place for Muslim Librarians Association

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Jews, Christians, Asians, Indians, Blacks, Latinos, and Chinese librarians have associations


According to American Library Association data there are an estimated 119,487 libraries of all kinds in the United States, and about 366,642 in library work force. 

The bureau of Labor Statistics provides all kinds of numbers about libraries and librarians, but nothing about librarians’ gender, race, or religion statistics. 

Shaking down the library field, we found the following gatherings of librarians:

The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel. http://jewishlibraries.org/about.php

In 1992 the Black Caucus Librarians became formally affiliated with ALA and a scholarship fund named after E.J. Josey was created to provide African Americans with financial assistance for the pursuit of a graduate level library and information studies degree. http://bcala.org/

American Indian Library Association http://ailanet.org/

AILA was founded in 1979 in conjunction with the White House Pre-Conference on Indian Library and Information Services on or near Reservations. At the time, there was increasing awareness that library services for Native Americans were inadequate. Individuals as well as the government began to organize to remedy the situation.

Association of Christians Librarians http://www.acl.org/index.cfm/about-acl/

During the summer of 1956, the first Christian Librarians' Fellowship convened, with just five members in attendance—Shirley Wood of Columbia Bible College, Dorothy Spidell of Nyack Missionary College, Mary Jane Kergerize and Marian Boyjiam of The King's College, and Emily Russel of Faith Theological Seminary. In 1957, the Association of Christian Librarians was established and today it is one of the oldest-and largest-evangelical academic library organizations in existence, with more than 550 individual and nearly 200 institutional members representing a wide spectrum of denominations.

Membership is open to Christian librarians who work in an institution of higher learning and affirm the ACL mission and statement of faith. Associate memberships are available to any other Christian librarians or non-librarians who are interested in librarianship and affirm the ACL mission and statement of faith.

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association


Founded in 1980, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was incorporated in Illinois in 1981 and formally affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. A predecessor of APALA, the Asian American Librarians Caucus (AALC) was organized in 1975 as a discussion group of the ALA Office for Library Outreach Services reflecting the interest in library services to minority communities and professional support of librarians of minority ancestry during the 1960s and 1970s. APALA, and AALC before it, were organized and founded by librarians of diverse Asian and Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian Pacific American communities.

Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) 


Started March 31, 1973 as Mid-West Chinese American Librarians Association, a regional organization in Illinois. A year later, Chinese Librarians Association was formed in California in 1974. In 1976, Mid-West Chinese American Librarians Association was expanded to a national organization as Chinese American Librarians Association. By 1979, CALA had five chapters in Northeast, Mid-West, Atlantic, Southwest and California respectively. Chinese American Librarians Association and Chinese Librarians Association were merged in 1983. 

REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking http://www.reforma.org/index.asp 

Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.

Will we soon a gathering of any type for the American Muslims librarians?

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Chicago will be left with a Disneyland/Obamaland structure

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Obama Center is built on free land given to the Obamas

Activists and scholars will hold a symposium at the University of Chicago next month to encourage the Obama Foundation to reconsider its plans for the Obama Presidential Center.

This event is one of many controversies  appeared about the situation of the Obama Presidential Center:

1- Chicago Black Caucus called Obama to put in paper, and sign, the decision to award 51 percent of all construction contracts to companies owned by minorities.

2- Letters to the editor published in the Chicago Tribune overwhelmingly have panned the Obama Presidential Center, which will consume nearly 20 acres from historic Jackson Park and cost taxpayers $100 million in renovations to the surrounding area.

3- Obama center will not be Mr. Obama’s official presidential library and will not house documents from the Obama White House.  Instead, it will be a private “presidential center,” and will not house the textual documents, artifacts and audio-visual materials that memorialize the eight-year Obama administration.

4-  Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition  (CBA) says: " Typically, when something major comes into a community, taxes go up, low-income residents are displaced, there is an influx of new residents who want to be in the area—it's sexy—prices go up. We want to be sure when it floats, we float with it."     


Barack Obama said via video conference at an Obama Presidential Center community event that his foundation will not sign a community benefits agreement (CBA) because he thinks it could not possibly be inclusive enough of all the interests of the community.


President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Presidential Records Act of 1978. This act declared that, starting with the next presidential administration, the official papers of the presidency would automatically become government property, would be transferred to the National Archives at the end of the administration. 2001 under Executive Order 13233, ensure that the former President has a full opportunity, as required by the Supreme Court, to assert possible claims of executive privilege.  The Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park is taking a different route, opting out of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration —and the millions of dollars in federal support that go along with membership.  All other presidential libraries hold the full archives of its subject’s papers. It is where scholars go to do the deep dive research that can help shed light on a president’s days in office and life before the White House. But Obama has decreed that his archives will be digitized and the hard copies will be kept in an offsite warehouse, far from the “library.” 

 NR notes, the Obama Center has “steamrolled” community organizations at every single stage of the planning of the place. 

From Chicago Tribune:  

What Chicago will be left with is a mini-Disneyland/Obamaland structure — built on free land given to the Obamas for, essentially, a multimillion-dollar, ego-driven project not unlike film director George Lucas’ proposed museum — filled with things that Obama thought were cool and that he wished to place near Chicago’s lakefront.

Chicago should relocate or scrap the Obama Center. If scrapped, the tens of millions of tax dollars not spent on infrastructure for the center would pay for a simple Obama monument and a plaque harmlessly placed on an acre in Jackson Park.

— Charles F. Falk, Schaumburg

Libraries and Used Book Stores are Shoplifting Authors

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Each year millions of people in America access books from their libraries, free of charge. Each year, millions of people in America buy used books and other media formats. While people enjoy that, authors loose revenues from sales of their book. America must address this inequity. Two years ago, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) started "investigating" only the eBook of the equation. Outside America, people, like Dr. Jim Parker, established "Public Lending Right (PLR) International Network" to promote international awareness of PLR and inform the PLR community of events, developments and news from around the world.

American authors need to rise up and call for America to join this movement and establish a public lending right program, such as that one in Canada. The program distributes payments to authors to compensate them for the presence of their books in public libraries, and sold in used book stores, including eBooks. 

While the PLR Network provides guidelines on how to establish a public lending right procedures, the network is leaving it up to each country to implement the practices. Now, there are 53 countries have recognized public lending rights in their copyright or other legislation. 29 of the PLR systems are in Europe, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Australia.

So, American authors: Either you get your PLR, or write your books and publish it outside America. 

Shakedown Prison Libraries, Trace Mass Incarceration Money

Remembering New Jim Crow

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“The New Jim Crow” is that book, published 2010, about the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The book banned in many prison libraries, such as New Jersey and North Carolina, triggering massive civil right cry. Shaking down the prison libraries issue uncovers shocking facts involves politics, money, and race discrimination.

First, 2016 NAACP record shows more African American incarcerated: 

US Population; White 62.1% Black 13.2%

Jail Incarceration: White 35.4% Black 47.4%     

Second: Who manages prisons, and prisons’ libraries for federal and local government?

1- CoreCivic is America's leading provider of public-private partnership corrections solutions.

2- GEO Group, Inc. is a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections, detention and mental health treatment. It maintains facilities in North America, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. 

Third: What’s involved: 

1- Nearly 75% of imprisonment spending happens at the state level—from the same funds needed for public needs including education, services, health care, and public assistance.

2- At the end of 2017, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice came under fire when it was discovered that the prison system banned such books as “The Color Purple” and a collection of Shakespearean sonnets, while inmates were free to read Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” New York’s state prison system is restricting what books an inmate may receive through the mail.

3- Prisoners in Alabama are banned from being in book clubs. In Michigan and Ohio, prisoners are barred from reading books that teach computer skills. In Michigan, the computer programming manual C++ For Dummies was kept out of a prison in 2012 because it posed a “threat to the order/security of institution.” The same reasoning applied to a book about Egyptian hieroglyphics. Tens of thousands of books Texas has banned in its prisons are The Essential Gore Vidal and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Last week, following reports that two New Jersey prisons had banned Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the state quickly reversed the prohibition.”

4- Follow the money:

A) Private prison giant CoreCivic offered Montana a $30 million kickback for 10 more years of contracts, a contract that will likely gross more than $100 million for the company over the life of the contract.

B) Washington State is suing GEO Group (GEO), a private prison operator. The suit alleges GEO Group uses immigration detainees to run "virtually all non-security functions" at its Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington -- all while paying them next to nothing. Detainee responsibilities range from cooking, library, and cleaning to painting.

C) The private prison business is booming as President Donald Trump delivers on his campaign promise to crack down on immigrants here illegally. In the first three months of his presidency, at least 113,828 immigrants were locked up in 180 different facilities nationwide - a 10 percent increase over that period in 2016, data obtained by the Houston Chronicle shows.

5- Good initiatives:

A) Books Though Bars, I personally volunteer in Alexandria, Virginia area activities, and donate books and money.

B) Brazil offers inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a novel way to shorten their sentences: four days less for every book they read. Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil’s most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year.

C) Rectory Readers at Essex Library, Prisoners are being given a chance to turn their lives around thanks to a unique book club run by Essex Libraries at Chelmsford prison near London, UK. The book club It aims to break down barriers so young offenders and prisoners feel part of the wider community, build confidence and self-esteem, improve reading skills and ultimately reduce reoffending. Listening to the opinions of others in a book group setting promotes tolerance and empathy, prompting prisoners to reflect on their own situation and make them less likely to commit future crimes.

D) Watchdog Prison Policy Initiative, challenges over-criminalization and mass incarceration through research, advocacy, and organizing. Show how the United States’ excessive and unequal use of punishment and institutional control harms individuals and undermines our communities and national well-being.

Prison libraries are busy hubs where inmates can research case law, state and federal codes, and rules of court, thanks to a Supreme Court decision that mandates inmate access to legal resource material. They are also centers of recreation, allowing inmates time to check out fiction and nonfiction books, watch movies, peruse magazines and newspapers and listen to music. The inmates entitled to legal material.

Finally, American Library Association relation to all the above issues is: "Section B.8.2 Service to Detention Facilities and Jails: The American Library Association encourages public libraries and systems to extend their services to residents of jails and other detention facilities within their taxing areas. ALA instructs its Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies in cooperation with the Public Library Association, The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, and other interested units to design a plan to assist public libraries in extending their services to local jails and detention facilities.

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University of Illinois expert helps Puerto Rico libraries

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Miriam Centeno is the collections care coordinator at the University of Illinois Library. She's also a Puerto Rico native. She'll spend two weeks as a consultant at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez.

The university's library sustained heavy water damage from the September hurricane. The collections themselves weren't damaged by water, but by mold from the building going weeks without electricity and air conditioning.

Washington inmate of 15 years donates money to prison library

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 Laura Sherbo, the Washington State Library program manager in charge of state corrections center libraries, received a letter and $200 from an inmate named Brian at Stafford Creek Corrections Center.
The libraries provide inmates with a place to read, learn and prepare to re-enter society. " I have been confined here at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center for nearly fifteen years, and the library is my most appreciated privilege allowed within the confines of the correctional facility." He said.  

Department of Defense Libraries to Provide Brain Training

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 U.S. Department of Defense through the libraries of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines to provide BrainHQ online brain training to members of the armed services. Now, a library card is all that active, reserve, and retired personnel and their families need to take advantage of scientifically-proven brain training. 

BrainHQ contains dozens of brain exercises to help people think faster, focus better, and remember more, and it is uniquely backed by more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on the benefits of its exercises.

Solar Reduces Two Libraries Bills, Thanks to EBSCO Grants

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2017 EBSCO Solar grant went to the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia and The Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Illinois. The grants will provide each library with $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array.  Indian Trails Library District’s Executive Director Brian Shepard says, “We are thrilled by the opportunity to further our dedication to renewable energy resources through the generosity of the EBSCO Solar grant program.  

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My Thinking: Concrete or Abstract ?

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Pets Lover

I read about my age on the ParentFurther site that what I wrote about the cat I had a cat that I miss so much is related to my "Concrete Thinking" because I talked about specific cat. The site said that if I talk about the different between house and wild cats then I have "Abstract Thinking" Wow! Still, I stand by my story:

My parents had to give it back to the adoption department at PetSmart, where we had originally. The reason for returning Runny, the cat's name, is we had to move from our house in Collingdale PA to Alexandria VA for better schools. My parents promised me once we go back to live in our house, after finishing high school, we will visit PetSmart again and adopt new cat, maybe more than one. I love cats very much!


I will go to Macy's on weekend to get my new coats. I don't like leather coats, as I will choose from many of a collection that my mother told me if I choose a coat from it, Macy's will donate one. I like red colored coats.

Can girls play on a boys' ice hockey team?

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72% Say YES, 28% say NO Debate.org Shows


 Girls cannot play on a boys' ice hockey team.

Girls should not play on a boys' ice hockey team because it is dangerous. Hockey is a contact sport, and it is not right for young boys and girls to physically fight each other. Although girls could compete in other sports, such as swimming or running races, competitions in contact sports would invite disaster.


Girls can play on a boys' ice hockey team.

Girls can play on a boys' ice hockey team. There are some tough girls out there and I think they should be allowed to play on the ice hockey team if they wanted to. I think it is time that we allow girls into these sports and ice hockey is not the most dangerous sport out there.

Test your Friend IQ

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 Your route map to the exciting exploration journey into the fascinating world of internet tests!
Here you can find thousands of tests in more than 20 different categories, and my son started already using some of the m on me.

Car Rental Price Comparison

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You can save up to 60% on your rental car

I had no idea this site exists, I just wanted to rent a car, so I searched and it came up in the result set: "HAPPYCAR compares the offers of all large and small rental car companies worldwide. Select your pick-up location and date range and see all offers at a glance. The best: With just a few steps, your desired rental car is booked quickly and comfortably. 

I did save lots of money. 

I love Hockey

Hokey is a very expensive sport. My parents spent lots of cash on me and my brother. If HockeyMonkey was not around, my family could have easily sale our house to support our hockey sport needs.

Thanks HockeyMonkey!

Once I had my hockey equipment, i moved to ask my parents to check for any iPhone sale, laptop sale, or VR sale to choose from for my birthday.