Category Archives: ALA-APA News

March is Women’s History Month

According to a report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsWomen in the Labor Force: A Databookwomen make up over 80 percent of the library workforce. Over the years, ALA women’s groups have helped to develop evaluative tools, guidelines and programs to enhance the opportunities and the image of women in the library profession. The ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) is one of these groups. During the entire month of Read the rest “March is Women’s History Month”

National Library Workers Day is Almost Here!

It’s time to plan your celebration for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) —Tuesday, April 9, 2019— if you have not already done so. NLWD is a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations are encouraged to host celebrations and submit names of stars to honor great workers, teams or departments. If you need some ideas, check out the list of 10 Ways to Read the rest “National Library Workers Day is Almost Here!”

NLWD Is Coming!

Remember to start planning for National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Celebrate the stars in your library! Recognize all library workers who make library service possible every day on National Library Workers Day (#NLWD19), Tuesday, April 9, 2019. This day is designated as a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all of those who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations are encouraged to host celebrations and submit names of stars to Read the rest “NLWD Is Coming!”

Time to Start Planning for National Library Workers Day

I know the new year just began, but it’s not too early to start preparing for National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Celebrate the stars in your library! Recognize all library workers who make library service possible every day on National Library Workers Day (#NLWD19), Tuesday, April 9, 2019. This day is designated as a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all of those who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations Read the rest “Time to Start Planning for National Library Workers Day”

ALA President Unveils Enriched ALA-APA Workplace Wellness Website

American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo and members of the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee announce the relaunch of ALA-Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) Workplace Wellness website. The site now includes additional health resources that benefit library workers in all types of working environments. The website reboot is part of Garcia-Febo’s commitment to support staff wellness and is made possible by the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee.

“I am happy to support ALA-APA and its Workplace Wellness Read the rest “ALA President Unveils Enriched ALA-APA Workplace Wellness Website”

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 “A Unique Gift for NLWD”

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 “Today is National Library Workers Day and Equal Pay”

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

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

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