Okay I’ve posted a reply in the comments, but can anyone else see where I ‘imply’ that it’s ok for libraries to recruit ‘friends’ without regard for the needs of the public?
Comments are from Tim Coates’ blog, following a post on public library recruitment policies:-
Well, I think many people see Public LIbraries as closed to non-Public Library people, whether they are qualified librarians or not. Certainly a colleague of mine felt this when going for jobs.
Posted by: Pete at June 4, 2007 4:37 PM
Is that how it should be? Isn’t it amazing what we have found out on this blog?
Posted by: tim.coates at June 4, 2007 7:21 PM
Oh, I think many people knew this already Tim. I don’t think it’s a universal problem, and the same problem has been talked about in regard to health libraries too.
Posted by: Pete at June 5, 2007 8:45 AM
But we say that public libraries ought to have young staff- so that young people feel at home; and that they should have staff from “diverse” backgrounds- for the same kind of reason.
You imply that it’s ok for librarians to recruit their friends with no regard for the public need.
I’m sorry, I don’t agree– and when you say “many people knew this already” — I think you must mean that many librarians knew it; I’m certain that the public didn’t. They would assume that you recruit the best people you can find.