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“Unions in Public and Academic Libraries ” in Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences.

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences

Unions in Public and Academic Libraries

by Kathleen de la Peña McCook


The role of unions and collective bargaining in U.S public and academic libraries is stated with a summary of historical development. After noting the lack of national association attention to unionization, the evolution of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is described. The connection between human rights and unions is discussed. Appendices with URLS of public and academic library worker unions in the United States and Canada as compiled by the author are included.
Keywords: ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA); Academic libraries; American Association of University Professors (AAUP); American Federation of Labor; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL); Better Salaries and Pay Equity; Chicago Public Library; Collective bargaining; Freedman, Maurice J; Human rights; Malone, Maud; Myers, Margaret; National Education Association; National Labor Relations Act; Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO); Public Libraries; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Union Librarian (blog); Unions; Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); Women.
Available after March 2010 through USF Library portal.

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