I just posted this picture to my class blog, but I had to share it with everyone, absolutely everyone, who might even care a little about libraries. This evening Mitch Freedman came to speak at VPL--not, as originally planned, to the VPL Board, which cancelled its meeting, but to a crowd of local library workers. Because VPL has just settled the first strike in its history, after almost 13 weeks, with a less-than-satisfactory solution for the mainly-female workforce, the union brought in Mitch to talk about why pay equity matters.
Mitch has been a tireless advocate for better wages for library workers. As a man in management that is, let's just say, unusual. And he believes that eventually we will be valued for what we do, and that made us all feel a lot better. That's me, Mitch, and my students Andrea and Jon in the picture. LIBR 576 rocks.