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Letter: Not all librarians can stay after change

Posted: April 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The April 11 article “Libraries’ familiar faces — Community: After city takeover, readers will still see many of the same librarians” needs a few facts.

Regrettably, you won’t be seeing any of the SCV librarians again.

Assurances were made during the Aug. 24, 2010, City Council meeting, and by LSSI, that current employees would be taken care of. Clerical positions were filled that only required a high school diploma.

These weren’t librarians. What’s the difference? We are professionals, with master’s degrees in library and information studies. Just because someone can look up a book title doesn’t make them a librarian.

The SCV libraries have 13 full-time professional librarians. We have specialized children and teen librarians. The new library-staffing ratio means we can’t all stay.

LSSI assured the residents that the level of services provided to the citizens of Santa Clarita will be at least equal to that currently being provided (pg. 27, LSSI Technical Proposal for the Delivery of Library Services in the city of Santa Clarita).
The contract was for only seven librarians who are not even required to hold a degree.

Frank Ferry said in the March 23 edition of The Signal, the council had community members’ quality of life in mind when they decided to secede from the county library system. For us, it has meant layoffs and long-distance transfers. But this is how privatization works. Cheaper help means more profits, not better service.

On behalf of the entire library staff, it has been a privilege to serve you. We’ll miss you.


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