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The Library Sweatshop Revisited

July 22, 1990

In response to the somewhat paranoiac article on the Southern Regional Library Facility by Ron Kelley, I must say that his idiosyncratic view of working conditions here at the library aside, I find his comparison of the working environment to a sweatshop incredibly self-serving and degrading to those who spend 12 and 14 hours a day, seven days a week, in the actual garment-industry sweatshops of New York and Los Angeles, for $2 an hour and under.

While he champions "human justice and dignity" in the article, mostly in regards to himself, he has no qualms about referring to his former co-workers as "sullen silhouettes of people hunched in quiet desperation . . . ," a description not at all well received by those gray-orbed drones employed here.

IVAN IVANICK

SRLF

University of California

LOS ANGELES

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