Thursday, March 29, 2012

2 Days Notice.......Just Wow

Yesterday, the Library Technical Assistant at my branch informed me that the director of the Y(district vice president) where we are housed, informed her that they want the library to close for 1 week in April 2012. I don't normally work there on Wednesdays, but I stopped by to drop off receipt paper. When I received the news, I said, now she knows that she signed the contract for the library to rent this space with the dirstrict manager. Therefore all issues regarding things like this should be brought to her. Well, the district manager is on vacation until mid April. Why do they want us to close, you ask? Well, they plan to remove the ceiling tiles that just happen to contain asbestos. The director said, "Oh, you guys can remove some of the library collection downstairs, so that the library can open down there for a week. Please talk to the manager(me.) First of all a decision that big, isn't my call. I sent the Chief of Branches an email, because he wasn't in the office. He even said that he needed to address the problem with the library administration. I am so ready for the library to vacate that building.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

What a library story

I'm sure that I wrote somewhere on here that the mini version of the library that I manage is inside the local YMCA. Well the YMCA is housed in my old elementary school building. This building was old when I went there. Management at the YMCA decided to begin necessary renovation and failed to notify the library system. I guess they thought it wasn't necessary. It was quite necessary because they had the old asbestos ceiling tiles removed. This construction work took place on the same floor as the library. Since I'm only at the library about 11 hours per week, the bulk of the tile removal took place while I was working at another location, or on my days off. Two weeks ago, I received a call at home from the Library Tech. She informed me that the fumes from the painting were so strong that they called upper management and the library was being shut down for the remainder of the day. That was a Monday. The following Tuesday when I arrived at work, I received a call from upper management asking me to go over to my branch. I was asked to determine if the fumes were too strong for the staff to be in the library. I was to do this everyday. The branch ended up being closed for the whole week. I explained to upper management what type of construction was being performed. They still wanted me to go to the branch everyday to determine the level of the fumes.