Category Archives: Career Advancement

It’s OK to Say No to a Promotion

Last week I attended a women’s conference. One of the speakers focused her presentation on a recent study on women CEOs. She gave quite a bit of statistics related to the characteristics of female CEOs. As I sat listening to the speaker, I realized that I was not fully engaged. I was thinking to myself, “This session should have been an elective.” I did not feel that the information was relevant to the full audience. Later, while discussing the session Read the rest “It’s OK to Say No to a Promotion”

Empathy: Tips for Improving Workplace Interactions

With so much going on in our own lives (e.g. taking care of sick family members, being assigned new projects, etc.), at times it can be difficult to have empathy for other people. What is empathy? It is the ability to understand the feelings, emotions, thoughts and attitudes of others. It means showing compassion. Learning to be empathetic involves being an active listener, looking at situations from another person’s point of view and taking their concerns into consideration. The author Read the rest “Empathy: Tips for Improving Workplace Interactions”

Preparing to Move into a Management Role

If you want to move into a management position but don’t feel quite prepared to do so, consider taking one of the following courses. Both are online, asynchronous courses which last six weeks. They will help you gain knowledge and skills to propel your career forward.

The first course entitled Organization and Personnel Administration, is designed to help build your knowledge and skill level so that you have the confidence needed to be successful in a human resource and Read the rest “Preparing to Move into a Management Role”

Get Ready for a New Series of Career Ideas to Spark Your Own Growth!

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Hello and welcome to the start of our new series in the Library Worklife Newsletter!  Over this past year, we focused on interviews with different library workers around the country to get a closer look at the daily lives of library professionals as they pursued work that truly makes a difference.  (If you missed any of these interviews, you can check them out on the archives at  During this past year we also looked Read the rest “Get Ready for a New Series of Career Ideas to Spark Your Own Growth!”

4 Things You Won’t Know About Working on a Cross-Functional Team Until You Do It

Some time in your career you will undoubtedly be asked to serve on a cross-functional team. You may know some of the people on the team. Others may be unfamiliar to you. Working on a cross-functional team isn’t always easy. It requires cooperation and a willingness for members to volunteer for specific projects. It may be helpful to understand each person’s work-style and reason or purpose for being on the team.  There are benefits to working on this type of Read the rest “4 Things You Won’t Know About Working on a Cross-Functional Team Until You Do It”

Your Passport to International Librarianship

Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk. Volunteering in international libraries is not only feasible, it’s also Read the rest “Your Passport to International Librarianship”

6 Signs the Job You’re Applying for Could Be a Nightmare

In almost every job, there will be days when you don’t feel like going in, or days when you won’t want to be bothered by co-workers. This is normal. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a horrible job. A truly terrible job is more than just having a few bad days. It is one that drains your creativity, your energy, and causes you to think about finding a new job almost daily. A job that’s not right for you … Read the rest “6 Signs the Job You’re Applying for Could Be a Nightmare”

How to Get Hired for a Managerial Position When You’ve Never Been a Manager

Are you ready for a new challenge in your career? Ready to take the next step and move up the ladder? Perhaps you feel that you are equipped to become a manager. But how can you become a manager when you’ve never been a manager? After-all, most employers want someone who has actual experience supervising others. How can you convince someone to give you a chance at being a manager when you don’t have any real supervisory experience? The author Read the rest “How to Get Hired for a Managerial Position When You’ve Never Been a Manager”

Thinking Job Search? Think Strategy

By Caitlin Williams

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.  It was a great experience. One of the things I get to do during the ALA conferences is career coaching for people who stop by the on-site ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center. In my discussions, I noticed a theme that came up frequently: “How do I do my job search, where do I begin, or where do I Read the rest “Thinking Job Search? Think Strategy”

4 Very Common Words That Might Scare Your Co-Workers

Do you consider yourself a communication “guru”? Do you pride yourself on having amazing communication skills?  Are you the one who keeps your managers and co-workers looped in and apprised of what’s going on at all times? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on. Do you know that a few very common words could be causing your colleagues to freak out? It’s true. Certain terms that you might use regularly make people think fire drill, Read the rest “4 Very Common Words That Might Scare Your Co-Workers”