Whilst I am a child of the sixties myself and not known for an over
insistence on political correctness I think 'staffing' would be the more
correct, up to date and particularly in the case of libraries accurate
terminology to use.
Neighbourhood and Enterprise Manager
Brighton & Hove City Libraries
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Sent: 19 March 2009 14:26
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Subject: Re: Double manning in branches
What David said ...
It's more complex than your message suggests, and it all depends on
circumstances. There is not necessarily anything wrong with single
staffing, providing a proper risk assessment has been carried out and
measures put in place to remove/mitigate or plain manage any risks
identified. Of course, in some circumstances a risk assessment will
issues that cannot adequately be managed, particularly in urban
environments, and single staffing would not then be acceptable.
Salaries - managing a branch library can be defined in different ways.
have a supervisor for each library, supported by Cluster Managers
(Librarians) each responsible for several libraries, and a Support Unit
Management Team to provide further support and back-up. Many of our
supervisors are paid Scale 3, some with additional responsibilites are
Scale 5. A model along these lines seems to make best use of
staff - there are other models where each library is managed separately.
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You must have a very strong Unison branch indeed ... Sc4 is a fairly
grade here in Yorkshire to be a Assistant in charge of a small part time
branch. Its not bad practice its hard economic reality. Librarians start
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I am reading and enjoying "Matter" by Iain M Banks.
>>> On 19/03/2009 at 1:28 pm, in message
<[log in to unmask]>, Alan Wylie
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> I would certainly hope that no library authority would leave a member
> alone for any amount of time, this is a basic H&S issue, and I am sure
> UNISON would love to hear about this!
> Also I am very surprised that a Sc/4 is put in the position of 'Team
> off managing a branch, small or large.
> This seems to me like a classic case of asking someone on a relatively
> grade to take on work and responsibilities they are not paid for.
> I am afraid that it all sounds like very bad practice.
> Alan Wylie
> Asst Librarian
> Islington Central Reference Library
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