In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

For those who want to understand the history of academic librarianship in Canada, our roots and some of the current issues facing colleagues today, this is the book to check out. The book, edited by Mary Kandiuk and Jennifer Dekker (Library Juice Press, CA, 2014), is a collection of fifteen essays written by professionals working in the field. Why is this an important book? The essays are well written and offer a glimpse of our profession that has rarely been seen. Contributors are: Stephanie Braunstein, Martha Attridge Bufton, Mike Dawes, Jennifer Dekker, Linda K. Dunn, Natasha Gerolami, Carla Graebner, Marni R. Harrington, Francesca Holyoke, Robin Inskip, Leona Jacobs, Karen Jensen, David L. Jones, Mary Kandiuk, Christena A. mcKillop, Margaret (Peggy) Patterson, Meg Raven, Tim Ribaric, Michael F. Russo, Michael Skelton, Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Douglas Vaisey, Aniko Varpalotai, Justine Wheeler.

A synopsis of the content is presented on the Library Juice website, http://libraryjuicepress.com/solidarity.php and a review of the book is provided on this site http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2014/10/28/new-book-explores-academic-librarian-labour-activism-in-canada/, which notes “that most of the contributions are written by female authors. Importantly, In Solidarity documents the struggles of a largely female occupational group to gain control of their working conditions”:

“With a focus on Canada, this collection provides a historical and current perspective regarding the unionization of academic librarians, an exploration of some of the major labour issues affecting academic librarians in a certified and non-certified union context, as well as case studies relating to the unionization of academic librarians at selected institutions. Topics addressed include the history of academic librarian labour organizing in Canada, academic status, academic freedom, leadership in academic staff associations, collective bargaining, and recent attacks on the rights and occupational interests of academic librarians at Canadian universities. The volume includes a broad representation of academic librarian labour activists from across Canada. Little in the way of documentation exists on academic librarian union activism and participation in Canada and this work will contribute to original research in this area. Serving as both history and handbook it will be of interest to librarians and labour historians alike.”

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