We're taking a bit of a breather while the world rearranges its underpants. Meanwhile, the other blog is here.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Isn't it just the most amazing thing?

Poppy at Catty Library has had a bit of a shock. Looking at the rota it turns out that she's running the library on her own all day Saturday with two Relief Assistants. To add piquancy to the mix it's the first day for both of them.

Hettie's desperately trying to persuade people to re-jig their home lives to do a few extra hours to help out. Not for the first time I can't help wondering if it would be more cost-effective and efficient to get vacancies filled (and with permanent staff, not temps from the agency) rather than having supervisory staff spending at least five hours a week juggling time tables and ringing round to try and get enough bodies in the right-ish places at the right-ish times.


The Topiary Cow said...


The Cow has not worked as a Librarian for many years but is dismayed to hear even across the pond, the same pattern of low wages, poor staffing and funding levels are still the norm.

Only, sounds that there's a lot more paperwork in your libraries.


Kevin Musgrove said...

The paperwork keeps things interesting. We'd only be bored otherwise.