Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

New Book Explores Academic Librarian Labour Activism in Canada

Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

New Book Explores Academic Librarian Labour Activism in Canada

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New Book Explores Academic Librarian Labour Activism in Canada

In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada, a new book co-edited by Jennifer Dekker of the University of Ottawa and Mary Kandiuk, York University librarian and former Partnership Innovations in Practice editor, was published by Library Juice Press in October, 2014.

The collection documents the birth of labour organizing of academic librarians in Canada, explores some of the major labour issues affecting academic librarians in a certified and non-certified union context, and includes case studies relating to the unionization of academic librarians at selected institutions. Topics addressed include the history of academic librarian labour organizing, academic status, leadership in academic staffassociations, collective bargaining, and recent attacks on the rights and occupational interests of academic librarians at Canadian universities. The volume includes a broad representation of academic librarian labour activists from across Canada. Little in the way of documentation exists on academic librarian union activism and participation in Canada, and this work contributes to original research in this area.

Readers will no doubt note that most of the contributions are written by female authors. Importantly, In Solidarity documents the struggles of a largely female occupational group to gain control of their working conditions. This is not surprising given that, as pointed out by Western University Professor Emerita Roma Harris in her seminal work Librarianship: The Erosion of a Woman's Profession, the "marginalization of librarianship" is due to the fact that it is a "woman's profession" and that the "undervaluing of library work" is a "product of its gendered nature. …

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