Category Archives: Spotlight

Janus v. AFSCME: What Is It About?

By Beatrice Calvin

If you read or watched the news at all in the past week or so, you probably heard about the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  It was a landmark labor law case regarding a challenge to an Illinois law that allowed unions representing government employees to collect fees from workers who choose not to join the union.

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It’s That Time of Year – Get Ready for Some Awesome Opportunities!

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

In case you’re wondering what “time” I’m referring to – it’s ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans – and it’s coming up very soon – June 21st through June 26th.  In this month’s Library WorkLife Newsletter, I’d like to share some tips for making the most of this year’s conference, whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran of several conferences.  And if you aren’t able to attend this year, I Read the rest

Additional Resources for Turning the ALA Annual Conference into a Treasure Trove of Opportunities

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

(You’ll notice that these articles all have very similar titles.  But the information inside each one varies. Taken all together, they offer many great ideas.)

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Taking Care of Yourself in the In-Between Time by Caitlin Williams

This month, Dr. Williams presents a brief video chat discussing transitions – that in-between-time when we’re in the middle of a change taking place in our lives – perhaps something that used to be a part of our life has ended – but something new hasn’t quite arrived to take its place, just yet.  That could mean a job, a relationship, a place of residence, a change to our health or even a change to our outlook on life.

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Just dive in and learn!  Advice from a System Librarian with an enduring belief in lifelong learning, a commitment to serving others, and a willingness to look for opportunities to make a difference

By Caitlin Williams

This month’s interview is with Aidy Weeks, Systems Librarian in the Health Sciences Library, within the Library Services Department for Orlando Health.

As you read through this interview, notice the wide range of subjects Aidy pursued in her undergraduate education, in addition to her master’s degree.  In particular, notice how she has been able to put her past education to work for her in her current position. Consider how you can do the same – whatever your Read the rest

No One Ever Told Me My Job Would Include… Dealing with a Korean Missile Alert!

By Michelle A. Moore

The Hawaii State Library System has mandatory employee training on workplace violence and safety because, let’s face it, things happen. The premise is to make us more aware and prepared to effectively manage a crisis.

Hawaii libraries have been closed for hurricanes, tsunami’s, and even volcano activity, but no ever told me my job would include handling a false ballistic missile alert. This unexpected event occurred on January 13, 2018, approximately one hour before the library Read the rest

You Work Where? Making a Difference for First Responders:  Meet Ed Metz, Library Program Manager at the National Emergency Training Center Library

By Caitlin Williams

Chances are good that you’re acquainted with FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency). And, it’s likely you’re well aware of the important work of firefighters and EMS personnel who respond to our emergencies each day.  But, you may not be aware of one of the key resources that supports, trains, and educates these professionals – the National Emergency Training Center – and its’ library, both located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Operated by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the Read the rest

THE FUTURE IS HERE! ARE YOU READY FOR IT?

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Welcome back to Library Work Life and Happy New Year!

As you make your new year’s resolutions and get yourself organized for the start of your work in 2018, wouldn’t you like some useful and timely information to give you an edge in growing your career? Well, here it is. This article provides information on trends that will enable you to get a head-start on moving forward in your job and your career.

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Meet a Library Professional Who Uses Her Passion, Creativity and a 32-Foot Truck to Accomplish Her Work (Along with Ukulele Jam Sessions for Her Patrons!)

by Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.  

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying our tour around the country to meet and learn more about library professionals doing fascinating work in interesting locations, and making a real difference to the people they serve.  This past month, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bretagne Byrd, Bookmobile Librarian for Lewis & Clark Library, headquartered in Helena, Montana.  

As you might imagine, running a bookmobile in Montana takes a lot of work and during our interview, Read the rest

Resilience: A Critical Career Management Tool

How well do you bounce back in the face of workplace stress? In her video chat “Resilience: A Critical Career Management Tool,” Dr. Caitlin Williams emphasizes the importance of building and practicing resilience to maintaining physical and professional health.

Resources Mentioned in the Resilience: A Critical Career Management Tool Chat

  • Borysenko, Joan.  It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc., 2009.
  • Carucci, Ron.  “The Better You Know Yourself, the
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