Category Archives: Career Advancement

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

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

3 Myths about Moving Up

Most people assume that everyone wants to climb the career ladder. We often also assume that if someone does a job well, they are ready to move on (and up). According to this article, however, these are both myths.  Depending on an individual’s stage in life, they may be satisfied with staying in the job they have. Also, not everyone who wants to advance has what it takes for the next step. This article briefly discusses myths about Read the rest

Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

The report which was released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) last month underscores the importance of life-long learning. For an opportunity to start or continue your road to continuous learning, consider taking one of these courses.

The first course entitled Current Issues, scheduled May 14 – June 21, 2018 is designed to help you identify major current issues in public library management. In this course, you will learn how to identify how general political, economic or Read the rest

A Look at Postsecondary Work Credentials Beyond the Degree

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new Data Point report last month entitled Degree and Nondegree Credentials Held by Labor Force Participants. This report examines the rates at which working adults have attained either a postsecondary degree or a postsecondary nondegree credential, including postsecondary certificates, occupational licenses, and occupational certifications. The report uses data from the Adult Training and Education survey, conducted as part of the 2016 National Household Education Survey (NHES) program.

Among the findings:

  • Although
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Career Questions from Your Fellow Library Professionals at ALA Midwinter, 2018

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

During the recent ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado several questions arose during the counseling sessions which were conducted in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center. In this brief video chat, Caitlin Williams discusses these questions along with responses for how to handle each situation mentioned. She also includes a resource list for additional reading.

Resources for You

  • About Careers website (especially The Doyle Report by Alison Doyle): www.thebalance.com/your-career-4072979
  • Anderson, Davis and
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CPLA and CLSS Classes of 2017!

Congratulations to the 2017 Class of Certified Public Library Administrators!

The following individuals successfully completed the program requirements and received the CPLA designation in 2017:

  • Amy Hannaway, St. Louis, MO
  • Elizabeth Joseph, Stamford, CT
  • Kim Kroll, Belton, TX
  • Jared L. Mills, Seattle, WA
  • Therese Purcell Nielsen, Huntington, NY
  • Jill Youngs, Cicero, NY

Did you know you can earn 8 hours towards your recertification by attending the 2018 PLA Conference in Philadelphia, PA.  Please visit http://www.placonference.org/ for information and to register.Read the rest

What to Do When You Don’t Feel Valued at Work

No one likes to feel unappreciated, particularly when you’ve put a lot of effort into getting something accomplished. How can you highlight your achievements without bragging about your work? Who should you talk to about your feelings? And if the situation doesn’t change, do you just stay on the job, or do you quit? The author of this article offers suggestions for how to handle situations when you might be feeling undervalued.… Read the rest

5 Ways to Keep Your Cool in a Professional Environment

Most of us have experienced times at work where strong emotions come into play and threaten to turn us into fire-breathing dragons. A difficult patron yells at you about something you can’t control, or your coworker won’t cooperate on something that seems so simple. These can be stressful situations that would frustrate any person. If you aren’t careful, you could say something that might have a negative impact on your professional image, and ultimately, your career. So how can you Read the rest

Can a Job Title Change Your Behavior?

Most libraries have standard job titles such as cataloger, technical services librarian, youth services librarian and instruction librarian. But what if you could make up your own job title? As a library worker, do you think you would feel better about yourself if you had a more impressive sounding title? According to this article, research suggests that job titles have the power to improve our well-being and sense of control. They can boost our perceived social status. Researchers also Read the rest