Some library jobs require no college degree

Are the employees at the Calcasieu Parish libraries required to have a college degree? What are the job descriptions of employees at the front desks? What is the starting salary and highest-paid salary?

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library has five employment divisions — administration, collection and computing services, facilities, human resources and public services — and qualifications for jobs vary, said Marjorie Harrison, library director.

“Library Associate I’s are non-supervisory patron service employees who help patrons locate materials and find information,” Harrison wrote in an email.

“They provide readers advisory and reference service, technology assistance, check materials in and out, register patrons, maintain patron accounts, and provide programming and outreach service.”

She said the position requires a bachelor’s degree and pays $13.72-$20.58 an hour.

Workers who serve in the position of Library Assistant may also work the desks, Harrison said, but that job doesn’t require a degree. The position pays $9.37-$17.01 an hour, she said.


Homeless can apply for aid at CPPJ office

If an individual becomes aware of a homeless person/family, is there a recommended process to have the homeless situation checked out and offer assistance if needed?

Tarek Polite, director of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Human Services Department, said a homeless person or family can seek assistance by calling 721-4033 to make an appointment or by visiting the Allen P. August Multi-Purpose Center, at 2001 Moeling St.

“The process that a homeless person/family must enter into to determine whether they are eligible for homelessness assistance is called coordinated entry,” Polite wrote in an email.

“The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services Department is responsible for the coordinated entry process for the five-parish region.”

Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Polite said people who visit without an appointment may face delays in being seen. And, he noted, assistance isn’t guaranteed.

“For example, one of the main assistance tools to assist a person and/or family that is homeless is called Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH),” Polite wrote.

“However, in order to be eligible for PSH a certain type of Medicaid waiver is required and many homeless persons/families don’t have that waiver and therefore would not be eligible for services.”



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      c582a8a0-f481-11e7-98c7-1bd5f71e8b202018-01-08T14:39:00Znews/national,newsWinfrey says ‘time is up’ for abusive men in Globes speech The Associated Press
      Oprah Winfrey earned multiple standing ovations at Sunday’s Golden Globes as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award with a moving speech referencing civil rights and the #MeToo movement, declaring that the reign of abusive men was coming to an end: “Their time is up!”

      The OWN founder, former talk show host, actress, film and TV producer and humanitarian became the first black woman to be given the award, which was presented in Beverly Hills, California. She spoke about the feelings she had as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best-actor Oscar in 1964 and likened the pride she felt watching Poitier, the first black man to win that trophy, to the impact she hoped she could have on young women today.

      “His tie was white and of course his skin was black and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that,” Winfrey said.

      As her longtime partner Stedman Graham watched from the audience, she told the story of a black woman from Alabama named Recy Taylor, who died at the age of 97 on Dec. 28, 2017, and her fight for justice after her rape by six white men in 1944.

      She expressed gratitude for Taylor and all the women who were silenced when they spoke out about powerful men, the women who worked in factories, farms, as domestic workers and in academia, whose names will never be known.

      “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey said.

      “But their time is up! Their time is up! Their time is up!” she shouted to a standing ovation. The phrase also referenced the “Time’s Up” initiative led by women in Hollywood and others to combat sexual misconduct; that was at the center of the message actresses sent by wearing mainly black at the Globes on Sunday night.

      Winfrey said while there was no justice for Taylor, whose attackers were never prosecuted, her truth lived on in the work of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, an ACLU investigator on Taylor’s case.

      “It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery,” Winfrey said. “And it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, ‘Me too’ and every man, every man who chooses to listen.”

      Winfrey, who got her start in television journalism, also thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the Golden Globes.

      “We all know that the press is under siege these days, but we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies,” Winfrey said.

      She ended on a hopeful note saying “a new day was on the horizon” because of people, some of whom were in the Golden Globes audience, who will “take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”

      On Twitter the celebrity reaction was swift and in full support:

      “Oprah cometh,” tweeted actress Amber Tamblyn, while musician Pharrell Williams called her the greatest of all time.

      “Let me tell you this room is still vibrating like electricity from that speech,” Ava DuVernay tweeted.””

      Oprah Winfrey poses in the press room with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)


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