UTFA Librarians Town Hall – February 24, 2016.

Please note a meeting on February 24, 2016 for UTFA Librarian Members to discuss the next stage of new policies for the appointment and promotion of academic librarians at the University of Toronto is scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 at the Alice Mouton Room, Gerstein Science Information Centre. Options to submit questions in advance have been distributed to all members via the email announcement.

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Jeffrey Trzeciak in Age Discrimination Lawsuit at Washington University Library – Sound Familiar?

Independent student newspaper at the Washington University of St. Louis writes about the demotion of senior librarians and subsequent law suit launched by librarian against the University on age discrimination in the  Washington University library when Jeffrey Trzeciak arrived. Sound familiar? We saw the same tactics used to up-root professionals and create hostile work environments at McMaster University Library when he was chief librarian. It left irrevocable damage to the library system and the lives of professionals.   http://www.studlife.com/news/2016/02/01/former-wu-librarian-files-age-discrimination-suit-against-university/

For comments see annoyed Librarian Blog: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2016/02/08/age-discrimination-in-libraries/

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Update and Summary of Salary and Benefits from Provost’s Office

Many members have been asking when they would receive the agreed upon settlements recently negotiated. UofT has posted a summary, see http://memos.provost.utoronto.ca/summary-of-the-salary-and-benefits-agreement-for-faculty-and-librarians-and-implementation-details-pdadc-29/

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York University Faculty Association – Negotiations breakdown and mediation called…

York University Faculty and librarians called to General Meeting to discuss next steps, Feb. 3, 2016, see http://www.yufa.ca/bargaining-update-11-general-membership-meeting-to-discuss-options-as-conciliation-fails-and-the-parties-enter-mediation/

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CLA – Canadian Library Association no long exists…

It is official, see http://cla.ca/canadian-library-association-results-of-the-special-general-meeting/ and for agenda of the meeting and the new proposal for a new association of library associations, see http://cla.ca/cla-at-work/governance/special-general-meeting-january-2016/     and CLICK FOR PDF COPY OF New Proposal for Canadian Federation of Library Associations

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CLA’s Struggle to Survive – Who is really voting on the future?

Emotions run high when it comes to CLA’s inability over the years to address key issues in the profession of academic librarianship. The latest call for membership participation, in its efforts to reinvent itself, seems to be spiraling into chaos with angry sentiments from members who have been, essentially, locked out of a democratic voting process as only a select few will be able to participate, see the blog by Marc Truitt, https://librarianship.ca/blog/truitt-open-letter-cla/   So what has changed?

Members were sent the following (in bold type): “…HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF CLA’S MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE, MEMBERS ATTENDING VIA PHONE OR WEBCAST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VOTE REMOTELY AND SHOULD CONSIDER ASSIGNING A REPRESENTATIVE (INSTITUTIONAL, ASSOCIATE, OR CORPORATE MEMBERS) OR PROXY HOLDER (PERSONAL AND HONORARY MEMBERS) WHO WILL BE PRESENT AT THE SPECIAL MEETING TO CARRY THEIR VOTE. DETAILS ON HOW TO DO THIS ARE NOTED BELOW.”

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Academic Freedom – Civility Codes – Corporatization

CAUT has a review of current issues threatening academic freedom with examples from the universities of Calgary, Brock, Carleton, in the CAUT BULLETIN, Vol 63 | No 1 | January 2016, see https://www.cautbulletin.ca/ .

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