August 27, 2008
29 Percent of Librarians Dissatisfied with Non-Librarian Decisions, Very Dissatisfied
29% of the respondents to LLB's recent poll "strongly disagree" with the statement "I am satisfied with management's recent decisions regarding my library" (where management decisions means decisions that impact library operations and budgets made by executives and administrators who are not librarians). That's more than the combined total who "agree" or "strongly agree" with the statement (25%). If we add responses for "disagree," 60% of librarians are dissatisfied with recent decisions made by non-librarians. 15% are ambivalent, not exactly a vote of confidence.
The poll will remain open until September 4th so there is still time to register your opinion here. The results so far (150-plus responses) sends a pretty clear message: rely on the professional judgment of librarians. It's possible that executives just need to communicate their library-related decisions better, but in my opinion, that's not the likely reason for librarian dissatification. [JH]
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