Category Archives: ALA-APA News

Know Any Stellar Library Workers? Time to Nominate Some Stars

Get ready for this year’s celebration of National Library Workers Day (NLWD) which will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. You can start by nominating stellar library workers. Individuals are encouraged to “submit a star.”  Libraries, communities and organizations are encouraged to hold celebrations and recognize library employees.

Held each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week, NLWD was established by the American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) for the purpose of acknowledging all library Read the rest

APA Wellness Website Re-Launched

The newly re-designed APA Wellness website and logo was recently relaunched.  This project is based on ALA President (2007-2008) Loriene Roy’s Circle of Wellness Initiative.  Ted Chaffin, Sara Jeffress, Jennifer Turner, and Laura Warren-Gross–all members of the 2008 cohort of ALA Emerging Leaders–created the Circle of Wellness website and several accompanying tools.  In the spring of 2016, the website’s content, tools, organization, and design were updated by Amanda Avery, Dory Cochran, and Jennifer McElroy, members of the 2016 cohort of Read the rest

Happy National Library Workers Day!

Today, April 12th, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Established by the American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA), NLWD was designed as an opportunity to recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day.  Quick, go nominate a STAR.  It’s not too late to let someone know that you appreciate them and the work they do.Read the rest

Make Plans Now for Equal Pay Day and National Library Worker’s Day – Both on April 12th

This year, Equal Pay Day will be observed on Tuesday, April 12th. It is the day that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. The National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) offers suggestions for businesses as well as individuals.  In addition, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has developed a list of 6 Easy Ideas for Marking Equal Pay Day 2016. You can review the April 2015 Read the rest

Salary and Leadership: Bridging the Gendered Gap in Libraries

Learn how library professionals can confront and overcome the impact gender can have on compensation and leadership opportunities. Join the ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers committee on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. (EST) for a lively discussion on this topic. We will offer practical advice on how to bridge those gaps at your library. Space is limited. Register early.… Read the rest

Time to Start Preparing for National Library Worker’s Day – April 12

Mark your calendars for this year’s celebration of the American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Held each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week, this event was established for the purpose of recognizing all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day. As in the past, individuals are encouraged to “submit a star” in nomination of a stellar library Read the rest

ALA-APA Seeking Committee Volunteers

American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President-elect Julie Todaro is seeking volunteers for appointments to 2016-2017 ALA Allied Professional Association committees.  The online committee volunteer form is open now and closes on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  More details are available in a recent press release from ALA.Read the rest

October is National Work & Family Month

National Work & Family Month is a nationwide initiative designed to help business leaders learn new ways to ensure their workplaces are meeting the needs and challenges facing employees today.  Sponsored by WorldAtWork.org, the observance highlights the seven categories of work-life effectiveness including caring for dependents, health and wellness, workplace flexibility, financial support, paid and unpaid time off, community involvement and organizational culture.  Read the rest

#NLWD15 Energizes the Library Workforce

NLWD logo 2015By Ian Lashbrook

By the end of the day on April 14th, 2015, the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) had experienced one of its most successful National Library Workers Day (NLWD) campaigns since the day became part of National Library Week in 2003. Thousands of library workers and patrons honored the day by submitting library stars, purchasing NLWD merchandise, and/or posting about the day on social media networks using the #nlwd15 hashtag. Some of the highlights regarding the 2015 … Read the rest

Happy National Library Workers Day!

Today, Tuesday, April 14th, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD)!  It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) established the special day in 2003. NLWD is now celebrated each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 12-18 in 2015).

The National Library Workers Day website encourages friends, patrons, employers and co-workers to “Submit a Star” by providing … Read the rest