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By Beatrice Calvin, CDF
Workplace violence can be defined as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.
Nearly 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. Many incidents go unreported. Last year alone, there were a total of 4,383 fatalities in the workplace. Of these, 767 (18%) were the result of … Read the rest
By Maya Rhodan, TIME: November 6, 2013
Labor unions across the country celebrate the victories of their 2013 candidates. The wave of union-backed victories stands in sharp contrast of recent trends of right-to-work laws, vetoed minimum wage increases and declining union membership.… Read the rest
By Luke Duecy, komonews.com (Seattle): November 4, 2013
In light of a Washington State Supreme Court ruling, the Seattle Public Library has announced that patrons are allowed to carry legal firearms within the library.
Current state law forbids guns from schools and courthouses, but does not specify libraries as a gun-free zone.… Read the rest
By Braegan C. Abernethy and Kari D. Weaver
Mentoring as Career Advancement
Mentoring can be a key component of development for new professionals entering libraries or more seasoned librarians taking on new and different responsibilities. Mentoring provides support for professional development beyond what an individual supervisor can solely offer, and presents the opportunity for meaningful learning to occur in the workplace (Cohen 1999, 18-24). Additionally, mentors act as key resources, providing access to ideas and information for their mentees. Most … Read the rest
If you are coming to the ALA Midwinter meetings in Philadelphia, be sure and join us for the certification update on Sunday, January 26th, 8:30 – 10:00am. A location has not been assigned yet, but you can check the Midwinter website for updates. Both LSSC and the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program will have information about the programs and current changes. We invite current and potential candidates, graduates of both programs, current educational providers of courses for candidates, and
Are you looking to boost productivity and build trust? An article on O.C. Tanner offers refreshingly simple, buzzword-free advice: tell the truth, tell it respectfully, tell it to the right people. … Read the rest
In response to a reader question about the effectiveness of using criticism as a motivator, Workforce responds that criticism is as likely to silence or alienate an employee as light a fire under their britches, and instead recommends a combination of praise and constructive feedback.… Read the rest
Editor’s Note: This article is republished with permission of Business Management Daily. View the original article here.
While supervisors may use the term “overqualified” when discussing potential job candidates, be aware that it’s a legally explosive term.
At the very least, you should avoid using it in front of applicants or in any written description of them.
Why? Rejected applicants could view “overqualified” as an age-related code word, thus sparking an age discrimination lawsuit.
This … Read the rest
As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an Open House on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from10:30am – 12:00 noon during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
Representatives from various libraries and library-related companies can take advantage of the opportunity to talk with conference attendees about their specific work environments—things that make their place of employment unique. There is no cost to participate in … Read the rest
Library Journal reports that in 2013, salaries for beginning librarians remained flat; LIS grad unemployment dropped one percent (from 6.8 to 5.8 percent); the average job search continued at 5 months; and the profession has introduced new job titles and redefined roles.
CHICAGO – The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has updated its Pay Equity Bibliography. Initially created in 2003, the updated edition is an easy-to-use resource aimed at helping librarians and library workers understand what they are worth and then use that information to advocate for better pay in an effort to close the wage gap.
The bibliography includes extensive resources on pay equity with a focus on pay equity in libraries. Attention is also paid to
Would you want to live to 120 if treatment could slow aging? Most Americans say “No thanks,” says a Pew Research Center survey. Still half were OK with 90; only 9 percent wanted to live past 100.
Source: AARP Bulletin, October 2013, Vol. 54 No. 8… Read the rest
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in leisure and hospitality, retail trade, professional and technical services, manufacturing, and health care.
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Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.3 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent, changed little in October. Among … Read the rest
By Cynthia Long
You are on your lunch break, waiting in line at a crowded bank for a teller, among a group of fifty people. A robber comes in and fires his weapon once.
You are shot in the right arm.
Take a moment to consider: Do you count yourself lucky or unlucky?
“Lucky” people –those who are gratitude focused—reflect: It’s could’ve been worse. I could’ve been killed. I could’ve been maimed or paralyzed. Negatively-focused people complain: I should’ve gone … Read the rest
By Mindy Chapman, Esq.
Editor’s Note: This article is republished with permission by Business Management Daily. View the original article here.
Over the next five years, an estimated 300,000 service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, will annually leave the military. Many will be rejoining your workforce, and federal law says they’re entitled to be given their jobs back. One court recently clarified that military employees may also be entitled to a discretionary promotion that they … Read the rest
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012.
“Three million injuries are three million too many,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “With the … Read the rest
If you’re planning to attend the ALA 2014 Midwinter Meeting this coming January in Philadelphia, then you should plan to join colleagues at the ALA – APA Networking Reception. This will be an opportunity to engage in a social atmosphere that is sure to provide fun, live entertainment and refreshments on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Take this time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones at this networking fundraiser. Proceeds from the event support the ALA – … Read the rest