Recruitment | Salaries | Spotlight | Statistics | Support Staff | Work/Life
Library Worklife represents a significant contribution from ALA-APA to support everyone’s development and retention of library workers in any library setting. The groundswell of enthusiasm for these efforts is truly inspiring. The positive responses will be demonstrated in another first on Tuesday, April 20, for National Library Workers Day, during this year’s National Library Week celebrations and activities. The day will emphasize the important role that … Read the rest
How will your library celebrate? ALA-APA has received creative ideas for how libraries, friends groups, trustees, and patrons are encouraged to “recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians.”
Representative Major Owens Submits a NLWD Resolution
Congress knows about NLWD! H. Res. 597 was submitted on April 2, 2004, by Rep. Owens, “congratulating the American Library Association (ALA) as it celebrates its first annual National Library Workers Day on April 20th.
Libraries Work Because We Do! … Read the rest
One of the organizers of Reaching Forward, Illinois’ annual conference for library support staff, recently commented that they wanted to offer a negotiating skills workshop this year. It sounded promising to me and I offered to look into it. While I had thought that my communication skills were at least “above average,” as I researched the fine art of effective negotiations I quickly realized how many opportunities each of us walk away from on … Read the rest
Western Council of State Libraries, Inc.
In small, rural public libraries, the library director is usually not a person who moves into the community from somewhere else; in other words, she or he is not usually a library school graduate who moves into the community as a result of being hired as the public library director. The director of a small, rural library is most often an individual from the community who is connected to the community … Read the rest
Recruiting Minorities to Librarianship
Few would argue that there is a need to recruit into the field of librarianship, at all levels. Several sources report the dearth of library workers, such as the 2001 survey conducted by ALA’s Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).1 Respondents, members of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) cited difficulty in filling positions in technical services, children’s/youth services, and managers. In the space given for … Read the rest
Skills-Based Pay, Gain Sharing, Temporary Pay
This article has been adapted from Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library; Chapter 10: Trends; by Paula Singer; © 2002 by the American Library Association. Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library is available from the ALA Store at www.alastore.ala.org.
In this issue, skills/knowledge-based pay, gain sharing, and temporary pay are described. In tough economic times, creativity is required to give employees incentives that recognize excellence while keeping the budget balanced.… Read the rest
One of ALA-APA’s first publications will be a Support Staff Salary Survey, which will replace and extend the survey that had been conducted every three years by Library Mosaics , which was featured in theJanuary issue of Library Worklife. To ensure that terms that adequately reflect positions are used, a question asking the titles that libraries use to describe support staff is the supplemental question in the 2004 ALA Librarian Salary Survey. Public and academic libraries will receive the … Read the rest
What Can You Do to Become More Visible?
Begin by asking what value you provide to the library and its customers. I think it is important to think about the people who come into the library as customers, not patrons. Customers of public and school, and some academic, libraries have prepaid for their services-with their tax, and tuition, dollars. All customers pay for your services with their time.
What do your customers want? They … Read the rest
New Ideas for National Library Workers Day Celebrations
National Library Workers Day is a wake-up call for some libraries and library systems, but many honor their workers on a regular basis. In this article you will read about traditional library service awards, as well as financial awards and creative staff-bonding and cost-cutting celebrations. Many of the items on the NLWD Ideas Web Site are from already scheduled employee recognition programs. See what seeds are being planted across the country because of … Read the rest
Transport back in time to the world of work in 1930s America. Emerging slowly from the Great Depression, people are leaving the farms in droves to look for any work possible. Children are unable to attend school due to their families’ reliance up their meager wages, most of which is earned at pitiful rates and in dangerous situations. People are so desperate for work that they bid for hourly work, each person underbidding … Read the rest