Adam Siegel

2016-01-12 - Adam Siegel
Adam Siegel
Languages, Literatures, and Performing Arts Bibliographer
UC Davis

Areas of Academic Specialty
Literary Translation, Cultural History
How many years have you been in the profession?
Twenty-five years, the last fifteen as a degreed librarian.
Why did you become a librarian?
I was married to one. It seemed like a logical pursuit for a well-read social scientist with training in cryptology and a background in academia and scholarly publishing.
Union role
Grievance steward.
Why is it important to be active in our union?
Because we are the union. Because being able to participate in collective action out of a sense of solidarity and an obligation to the common good is an honor, blessing, and privilege — and not just in the workplace.
How are you contributing to this round of bargaining?
  • I’m on the statewide committee
  • I’m organizing & agitating on my campus
  • I’m drafting contract language
What aspects of working conditions do you want to see improve for your fellow librarians?
I want UC librarians to be accorded our proper due and proper compensation as academic appointees who are utterly essential to advancing the mission of the university. That our salaries lag so far behind our brother and sister librarians at the CSUs and the community colleges is a disgrace. I’ve seen too many outstanding librarians flee the UC system for better pay and better treatment elsewhere, and I am happy to see that so many of us are rolling up our sleeves and getting ready to fight for the remuneration and the respect we deserve.
When you’re not fighting for the rights of Unit 17 members, what do you do to unwind?
I’m not doing that much unwinding right now — it’s too much fun stirring things up.
What book are you reading right now?
Marx oltre Marx by Antonio Negri

What is your favorite movie?

I don’t have one. But my favorite album is The Light-User Syndrome by the Fall.
Tell us something most people wouldn’t know or guess about you.
I’m a county councilor for the Green Party of Yolo County. I’m also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.