Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Great experience, good training opportunities, decent pay

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Current Employee - Technical Services Associate in Columbus, OH
Current Employee - Technical Services Associate in Columbus, OH

I have been working at Columbus Metropolitan Library part-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
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Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

I enjoyed the many training opportunities that CML has available to their employees. They have training/seminars in things like diversity, dealing with/education on poverty, equality, security awareness as well as others. The environment that I worked in was very nice. I worked at the operations center in the technical services department and its a small group of people (15-20) that you see on a daily basis and at the operations center you don't deal with the public at all. The nature of the work was ok, very "assembly line" ish. I constantly reminded myself that i was responsible for every item received and processed by the columbus metropolitan library and it at least gave me somewhat of a sense of importance, it helped a bit. Management is very approachable and generally kind, remember these people have a career with the library. Benefits available to me, as a part-timer, were great. health benefits, PTO, sick days, OPERS (retirement program) etc.

Cons

There is not one con I can really think of besides the pay being very average. No job was paid too much or too little, but coupled with the available benefits (govt job) makes the con very minimal in impact. One other thing is I felt somewhat stuck in my position. There wasn't really any opportunity to move up to a supervisory role within my department. For that reason, along with the pay and a great interest in another position i am soon leaving CML.

Advice to Management

Keep up the great work and continue listening to your employees

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  1. Working at your local Library.

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    Current Employee - Library Branch Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Library Branch Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Columbus Metropolitan Library

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    An educational work environment combined with public service for anyone who walks through our doors. We provide some recreational media, and vast information resources for adults, teens, children and senior citizens from all income levels, all educational levels, etc. People who immigrate to the US depend on us for help adjusting to a new life, language, customs and laws. We promote reading to children and adults. We have quiet spaces for people to study or work. Our services are free. We are the People's University. We are rated a 5 star library by our peers, and have always been rated in the top 4 library systems for this size of community. Several times we've been #1, as noted by the Hennen Public Library Index.

    Cons

    Our budget relies on State funds, which can be a large deteriment to our services in a bad economy. Often people do not realize how much libraries serve the poorer citizens to help make their life better: ie: literacy, computer services, being directed to necessary public service programs, etc. Many people believe the Internet will eliminate libraries, which is not true. Safety and security issues have also become a growing concern as libraries are public spaces, and also open to vandals, theft, and mentally unstable customers.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that CML Administration is truly forward thinking, in designing and shaping this library system's future to mesh with the Central Ohio community needs and wants.


  2. A mixture of good and bad

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    Former Employee - Library Page in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Library Page in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Columbus Metropolitan Library

    Pros

    For the most part, I was not micromanaged, but was left free to do my work at my own pace. Scheduling was fairly flexible; management was fair about letting me have time off if it was needed. Job security was good. As long as we showed up to work on time and completed our duties satisfactorily, we didn't have to worry about losing our jobs--though of course, this was before the economy went sour. Things may be different now that we're mired in the Great Depression 2.0. I felt my supervisors were friendly and reasonable enough, and I was not given unfair tasks or workloads.

    Cons

    The pay was poor to say the least, and raises were practically nonexistent. I worked there for two years, always had good performance reviews and was considered one of the top employees at my position, yet I received virtually no raises my whole time I was there. Some mandatory or "strongly encouraged" workshops and other meetings were utterly useless for my position. A discouraging number of my colleagues were less than competent to the point of laziness and shirking work. One or two were downright abrasive. The work was also not very intellectually stimulating--smart people will be bored fairly quickly.

    Advice to Management

    I know it's a non-profit organization, but you can't expect to keep employees satisfied without SOME semblance of a raise every now and then.


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