WI Librarians Demoted: "Librarians today do less complex work"

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 07:39

Bad News From The Wausau Daily Herald - Wausau,WI, where a move that the Marathon County Public Library director considers a step toward the future has librarians concerned about the quality of library services, as well as their own pay and work environment. The Marathon County Public Library Board of Trustees voted Monday to eliminate the library's four "librarian 1" positions, one of them vacant, in favor of creating three customer service librarian positions and one lead customer service librarian spot. The three librarians whose jobs the board cut will be offered the customer service librarian positions, which pay about $10,000 less annually.
The reorganization also aims to meet the ever-changing needs of customers, she said. Librarians today do less complex work, she said -- calling for pay adjustments and more technological assistance.

"We're really becoming a community center," she said. "Our public has different requirements of us."