If you’re going to be at Fighting Inequality: the Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Working-Class Studies Association or the SLA Annual Conference, be sure to check out Aliqae Geraci and I presenting on the research project that we’ve been working on for the last two years! (Seriously, we contacted hundreds of state agencies for this thing. We were not messing around at all, here.)
We’ll be presenting the research in different ways to the two very different audiences, so here are both write-ups.
Battles over public sector collective bargaining rights have played out on the news, in legislative sessions, and through public demonstration. However, these public policy debates often occur without ready public access to the CBAs that trace and describe the working conditions and employment relationships in dispute. Inspired by Cornell University’s digital collection of New York State CBAs, and researchers seeking similar state collections, the authors conducted a national survey of each state’s CBA collection policies, mapping regulations and collections, and identifying historical scope and degree of public accessibility. The survey revealed dramatic variation across states, requiring deeper investigation of the impact of information gaps on working class participation in public discourse. The authors discuss potential avenues for information policy reform, and outline best practices for state agencies and labor organizations to partner with libraries to create accessible collections that comprehensively document public sector collective bargaining.
And for SLA:
Through collaboration with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, Cornell University’s Martin P. Catherwood Library has established a collection of public sector collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), including 7,000 held in their open access digital repository, DigitalCommons@ILR. ILR Research Librarian Aliqae Geraci and Digital Projects Coordinator Jim DelRosso will present their preliminary research findings of a 50-state survey identifying and evaluating similar state-level collections of public sector CBAs, and discuss standards and best practices for libraries seeking to develop publicly accessible collections in partnership with government agencies.
- Participants will be briefed on key issues surrounding public sector labor relations in the United States in order to interpret the findings of the state-level survey of collective bargaining agreement collections and assess their comprehensiveness and accessibility.
- Participants will map existing state-level print and digital CBA collections in order to strategically identify potential partnerships and collaborative opportunities between libraries, labor unions, and government bodies.
So if you’re going to be at LAWCHA/WCSA in Washington, DC at the end of May, or at SLA in June, please join us! We promise you’ll learn something.
The results of the SLA Board of Directors election are in, and I want to congratulate Tom Rink on being elected to the office of President-Elect. Tom was a great candidate, and I know he’ll be an exemplary President-Elect and President for SLA. And I want to congratulate everyone else who’ll be joining the Board come January: Kim Silk (chapter cabinet chair-elect), Ruth Kneale (division cabinet chair-elect), Kevin Adams (director), and Catherine Lavallee-Welch (director).
Also, I salute Valerie Perry, Elaine Lasda Bergman, Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, and David Cappoli for stepping up and running for office. SLA is a stronger organization for their dedication and enthusiasm, and I know they will keep working to make the Association better. We truly had an excellent slate of candidates this time year.
For me, being nominated was a great experience, and a profound honor. I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet so many SLA members over the past six months, and speak with so many of you about the issues that are important to you.
The moment of truth has arrived, for values of “moment” that include “three weeks”. The SLA Board of Directors election has begun. Voting will remain open until September 24.
It has been an amazing few months. My thanks to all of you who took the time to talk to me about why SLA is important to you, and what you want to see from the Association and its leaders in the months and years to come. Thank you to the New York and Washington, DC chapters for inviting me to meet with your members. And thank you to all my fellow candidates for being willing to step forward and take on the responsibility for leadership in SLA. Also, a very special thanks to my fellow candidate for President-Elect, Tom Rink: this is the kind of process that could get unpleasant, but Tom has always been wonderful to work (and network) with.
In all seriousness, there is an excellent slate of candidates. As I’ve said a number of times, my background is in public policy, so what’s important to me is that members log on and vote. I’ve tried to spend these last months sharing my vision for SLA, and if you share that vision, then I’d be honored if you’d consider voting for me for President-Elect.
Thank you all! Now go out and vote.
The election for the SLA Board of Directors commences tomorrow, and there are a couple more posts for interested members to check out.
First, the fine people at SLA Europe sent Tom and I four very fun questions, and the answers are posted on their blog. The questions were:
- Where would you go in Europe if given the chance and an unlimited budget?
- You run into yourself in the street one day and it turns out you’re not an information professional! (Oh no!) What does your alternate universe self do?
- What are your go-to five apps or tools?
- What technical advancement would you tell your 15 year old self about if you had the chance?
Seriously: alternate universes and time travel. Check it out.
Also, in case you missed it, a recording of the Q&A webinar Tom and I did a few weeks back has been posted to our candidate pages.
The election begins tomorrow. More thoughts on that, then.
The candidate Q&A post for August is up over at the SLA website:
SLA is an international organization. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America?
This is one of the most important questions that SLA currently faces; our status as an international association sets us apart from many of our peer organizations, and allows us the opportunity to move forward and learn from one another in truly unique ways. We must, from our leadership on down, take advantage of these opportunities.
See the rest here.