Category Archives: ALA-APA News

New Edition of Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit Now Available

Members of the APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW) Committee have updated the 6th Edition of the Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit. The Toolkit was originally developed by ALA’s 2002–2003 President Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman’s Better Salaries and Pay Equity for Library Workers Task Force as part of the Campaign for America’s Libraries.

The toolkit is designed to provide library workers with the resources and strategies they need to improve their salaries. Over the years, the Read the rest

Committee Volunteers Sought

Volunteers are being sought for appointments to the 2018-2019 APA committees. The online committee volunteer form is open now and closes on January 15, 2018. Appointments will be made to the following committees: Certification Program, Certified Public Library Administrator Certification Review, Library Support Staff Certification Review and Salaries and Status of Library Workers (to see committee charges, visit APA Committee’s page).  Appointments take effect at the conclusion of the 2018 Annual Conference.  In order to ensure broad representation Read the rest

What’s New in Library Worklife

By Beatrice Calvin

This month we will be kicking-off an exciting new series focused on giving you the latest information, support and ideas for advancing your career and expanding your options within the Library and Information Science field.

Starting today and for each month over the coming year, we’ll be bringing you interviews, podcasts, articles and more – with the help of our career consultant, Dr. Caitlin Williams.  Caitlin has been partnering with the ALA Office for Human Resource Development Read the rest

New Career Development Resource Guide Published by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is pleased to announce the publication of its comprehensive Career Development Resource Guide. It is intended to assist library staff at all levels —new graduates, mid- or senior-level career— in their job search and career journeys.

The Guide has a wealth of information. It includes sections on job search strategies, self-marketing (looking at your social media identity), correspondence such as resumes, CVs, and cover letters, as well as interviewing … Read the rest

Many Celebrated National Libraries Workers Day

Over 1,000 individuals were recognized as stars on the ALA-APA web site during this year’s celebration of National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on April 11, 2017.  Celebrated annually, NLWD is a time for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. This year’s celebration featured nominations from 47 states, the District of Columbia and 6 countries from around the globe. 

The day opened with a greeting from ALA President Julie Read the rest

Celebrate National Library Workers Day Today

Today, April 11th 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.

Do you know any library workers who should be recognized for the great work they do, their positive outlook, or the wonderful way they assist patrons? Consider submitting their names to the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars as part of National Library Workers Day celebration.

The ALA-APA helps libraries Read the rest

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