Category Archives: ALA-APA News

A Unique Gift for NLWD

Last month, libraries around the world celebrated National Library Workers Day (NLWD – April 10th this year). NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.  Many had cake and parties to let library staff know how much they are appreciated. Almost 2,000 people were nominated as STARS!  

Linda Kramer, Director of Library Services at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota wrote:  

“I have a Read the rest

Today is National Library Workers Day and Equal Pay

National Library Worker’s Day

Today, April 10th, 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.

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 Read the rest

Lorelle Swader Appointed Associate Executive Director, ALA Offices and Member Relations, and the ALA-Allied Professional Association

Join us in congratulating Lorelle R. Swader on her appointment as ALA Associate Executive Director, ALA Offices and Member Relations and ALA-Allied Professional Association.  In this position, Lorelle Swader will provide leadership and management for the ALA Office for Accreditation; Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services; Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment; Office for Intellectual Freedom; ALA Library and Research Center; ALA Public Programs Office; ALA Member Services, including Membership recruitment and retention and the ALA Member and Read the rest

Remember National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day Coming

In the February issue of Library Worklife we mentioned the fact that once every few years the dates for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day coincide with one another.  This is one of those years. Both will be held on April 10, 2018.  We are encouraging individuals, groups, and libraries to celebrate both days together. Library organizations are encouraged to host celebrations and submit names of stars to honor great workers, teams or departments by visiting the Read the rest

Resources on Sexual Harassment Available as We Recognize National Women’s History Month

As the #MeToo movement continues to expand, libraries have been asking for resources to help address concerns of their staff.  In response to these requests, a website with a variety of resources on sexual harassment has been posted on the ALA website. Included on the site are tips on What to Do If You Feel You Have Been Subjected to Sexual Harassment, resources from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), articles related to sexual harassment in libraries as well Read the rest

National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day

Once every few years the dates for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day coincide with one another.  This is one of those years.  Both will be held on April 10, 2018 and we are encouraging individuals, groups, and libraries to celebrate both days together. 

The original resolution for the celebration of NLWD was proposed to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of librarians and library support staff.  It was proposed that the Tuesday of National Library Read the rest

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