Library of Congress Professional Guild

Local 2910

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AFSCME, Local 2910
Library of Congress, LM-G41
Mailstop 9994
101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20540-9994
Phone: 202-707-6493/1304
Fax: 202-707-1873

We are the Library of Congress Professional Guild, AFSCME Local 2910, representing over 1500 employees at the Library of Congress. Welcome to our homepage.

The Guild was chartered on July 1, 1976.
Celebrate The Way We Work: Past, Present, Future throughout the Month of June.
(See calendar for details)

Guild 2016 Executive Board poses with Guild banner

Statement of Saul Schniderman, Guild President, for the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, addressing staffing, stewardship, and more. March 22, 2016.

Union Finds Decrease in Library of Congress Staff. Guild President Saul Schniderman was recently interviewed by Roll Call's "Hill Blotter" blog. The article appeared on October 2, 2014:

"One of the Library’s greatest resources, which is its staff, has already hemorrhaged," Library of Congress Professional Guild president Saul Schniderman told CQ Roll Call on Monday. "This isn’t something that’s going to happen. It’s already happened."
In a letter to guild members, Schniderman noted a nearly 50 percent drop in catalog and acquisition librarians and a roughly 25 percent drop in reference services staff over the past 10 years.

read the full article here.

It's Over! I-900 Project Will Not Be Implemented

On Thursday, April 27, Associate Librarian for Library Services Roberta I. Shaffer announced that the I-900 project will not be implemented at the Library of Congress. This means that the Science and Business Reading Room will not be relocated into the Main Reading Room, as had been announced in January.

Read more about the Guild's opposition to the I-900 plan here.

On Dec. 11, 2013 Mary E. Jacksteit, Chair of the Federal Services Impasses Panel (FSIP) issued the following Arbitrator's Opinion and Decision in the matter of where smoking will be permitted on the grounds of the Library of Congress Madison Building. Click here.

New Performance Requirements for 2910 Staff. We've broken it down and provided you with suggestions on how to proceed once your supervisor contacts you with a draft document. Click here.

In honor of the 36th anniversary of the Guild:

LC Opens a Lactation Center, by Nan Thompson Ernst, Chief Steward, April 2012

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In October 2012, Library of Congress Associate Librarian Roberta I. Shaffer first put forward an initiative to consolidate the operations of multiple Library of Congress reading rooms, reference collections and reference units. A resulting single “Center of Knowledge” would be located in the space of the Main Reading Room in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. As of early June 2013, Shaffer’s “I-900 Plan” (short for “Initiative: 900 Days”) is still on track to close reading rooms in three Library buildings.

Thomas Mann of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division has prepared a set of papers in response to the I-900 Plan, with input from the Guild Committee on Reference Service Consolidation.

Anne Toohey, Steward Director, of Local History & Genealogy has prepared a paper about the special nature of the Local History & Genealogy collections and services, and the potential impact of consolidation.

The papers are offered here on our Web site for the consideration of those who take an interest in the ongoing excellence of the Library of Congress: scholars, researchers, teachers and students, members of Congress, and the international library community.

To learn more about the closures and to read Mann's papers, please see our page on Reading Room Closures.


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This page was last updated on March 11, 2014.