A book about the working environment of an elementary school library where the author worked as a contract librarian.
- Book Intro
This is an essay that describes the terms of an unfair contract and the work environment of a school library where the author worked as a contract librarian over a span of six years.
While teaching reading as a parent volunteer in an elementary school, the author received a proposal from the school administrator to work a full-time position if she were to obtain certification as a librarian. After obtaining an assistant librarian's license and fully expecting to be hired full-time, a new school administrator claimed that hiring her full-time would be difficult. Astonishingly, the author faced being switched from a salary system to an hourly wage. Despite working the exact same job, she had to take on a less favorable employment contract. As of 2019, one in three librarians working in public libraries are contract-based and face the insecurity of being part-time, fixed-term, and indefinite contract workers.
The author wrote this book in the hope that librarians would one day work under healthier, more stable employment conditions.
- About the Author
Seok Jeong-yeon has always been close to books since childhood. She shut herself off from books at one point but currently works as a librarian among the books she loves. Having experienced the inequality of employment contracts, she wrote this book with the hope of helping improve Korea's social structure, which today's children will one day take part in.
Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea, 2020, Recommended Book by the Book Sharing Committee