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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Sunday, February 20, 2005

    Not completely poor vision!

    I'm still reeling from some of the highlighted conclusions of Laser’s Libraries: a vision (indeed still recovering from Who’s in Charge and Overdue – both of which Vision cites!), but for those who read further it IS interesting to note that Vision supports much of what LIS-CILIP has been discussing for the past week. It confirms “Library staff have historically been amongst the lowest paid of local authority workers” and notes that “There is a clear tension between the need to pay enough to attract and keep good staff and the need to work within cash limits, and to resist taking money away from other important areas, especially the materials fund. It will not be possible to resolve this without a major overhaul of the remuneration system for library staff. For basic grade pay this will need to take place at national level.” Do they mean CILIP?? A little unfortunately, it continues, “Library authorities will also need the freedom to pay more senior staff the appropriate amount for their skills.” Hopefully not only the senior staff?



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