Why should Unions support School Libraries? The Norwegian model

AAS, Mette Henriksen (2014) Why should Unions support School Libraries? The Norwegian model. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 213 - School Libraries. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

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Abstract

Why should Unions support School Libraries? The Norwegian model

In this paper, I aim to show you how Fagforbundet, the union that I represent, is not only fighting for fair wages and working conditions for those who work in libraries, but is also working for the best of the library as an institution and for those who use it. I hope to demonstrate that we have a broader perspective on these issues than what would follow from a traditional understanding of the trade union's role. We are advocates of the school library (every library to be exact) , not only because we have union members working there, but because we think the libraries still is, and will continue to be, an important institution in the lives of many everyday men and women. We want to take part in shaping a better society, - and with it, a better library service. My union, Fagforbundet, is of course not able to accomplish such major tasks on its own. We have to labour for these goals and advocate these issues in cooperation with others: with other unions, with authorities, and with politicians and other branches of civil society. The key element in this work is the concept of social dialogue and mutual, responsible cooperation within the framework of a democratic society. I start with a few facts on Norway, to give you an idea of the context in which we work. Then, I will discuss The Norwegian model; why Fagforbundet, as a trade union, should advocate for school libraries; and the upcoming issues and fights yet to be fought. I conclude with considering “Strong societies need strong school libraries.”

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