Volume 10, No. 6 • June 2013

Spotlight

  • Knitting BeTween the Ages

    By Melissa Jeter

    When I was 16, I wanted to knit so badly that I used a pen and a pencil, some yarn and directions from a Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. I could read the words as well as the photos in the magazine that provided the directions to learn how to knit. Admittedly, I had a head start in fiber arts because my mother had taught me to crochet when I was 9. My only obstacle with crochet … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

  • Unions 101 for Librarians and Library Workers

    The benefits of unionization are realized by the 24 percent of librarians and 18.4 percent of library technicians who are union members. Unions bring together the collective strength of workers to ensure meaningful negotiations with management for an equitable contract. Negotiations are not limited to wages and salaries, but can also include staffing and overtime, safety and health, provisions for continuing education, adequate pensions, vacations, equitable promotion systems and transfer policies and a workable grievance system.

    Join the ALA-Allied Professional … Read the rest

  • Library clerk fired after taking storm precautions

    By Dan Levy, WNYT.com (Albany, NY): June 5, 2013

    A Round Lake, New York, library clerk was fired for closing the library during a tornado warning. The clerk, Theresa Marchione, was dismissed on grounds that she had not contacted her supervisor to request permission to close early. 

    Members of the Round Lake community have expressed outrage over the dismissal, and one resident reported that he will be recruiting community members to share their concerns at the upcoming library board … Read the rest

  • HRDR (OLPR) Celebrates 40th Anniversary with June 29 Reception

    The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment’s (HRDR) advisory committee and staff invite you to join them as they celebrate the Office’s 40th Anniversary. A reception is being held on Saturday, June 29, 2013, 12:00 – 1:30pm in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center during the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The Placement Center will be located in the McCormick Place Convention Center, level three (3) of the south exhibit hall.

    HRDR, formerly known as the Office for … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • From Special to Academic Librarianship – A Road Less Traveled

    By Karen Rogers-Collins

    Over the years I’ve often been asked by people what made me want to become a librarian. My first response? “It just happened.” When I finished my undergraduate education from Eastern Michigan University, with a degree in public administration and social work, my vision was of a career working in the government sector in DC. But as John Lennon wrote, “life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”

    I had worked as a … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • This is PTSD Awareness Month

    By Debbie Gregory

    June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, putting the national spotlight on what is now being recognized as a stress disorder that affects 1 in 5 service members. Recently, an episode of Food Network’s show “Chopped” featured four military veteran chefs. One of the contestants, Robbie Myers, revealed that he suffered from PTSD. The former Army Senior Food Service Manager shared the difficulty he has had finding a job, due to the stigma of his … Read the rest

  • Customer Service for Breakfast

    By Charles Marshall

    For just a moment, forget about productivity. Forget about making your company more money. Forget getting a better performance review.

    To me, good customer service isn’t really about any of those things. To me, providing good customer service is about the person that I want to be.

    Think about the last time you were provided extraordinary customer service. A couple of weeks ago the kids at my house woke up with IHOP on the brain and you … Read the rest

  • Having ‘the talk’: How to tackle tough disciplinary conversations

    Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission of Business Management Daily.

    Being an effective manager means confronting those “challenging” employees who, while typically good at their jobs, too often display unprofessional or downright obnoxious behavior.

    Simply tolerating such workers is a finger-in-the-dike approach, and it runs counter to two traits of good managers—leadership and decisiveness. Managers who silently put up with such behavior will undermine their own authority.

    The best way to tackle such problems is to meet with employees right … Read the rest

Recruitment

  • Last Chance to Recruit at ALA JobLIST Placement Center

    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, June 30, 2013, from 10:30am – 12:00 noon during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

    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 … Read the rest

Salaries

Statistics

  • Statement of Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris on May Employment Numbers

    WASHINGTON — Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris issued the following statement about the May 2013 Employment Situation report released June 7:

    “This morning’s report offers more encouraging evidence that the U.S. economy continues to rebound at a steady, moderate rate — a total of 178,000 new private sector jobs in May. That makes 39 months in a row of growth — in just over three years, the economy has now generated just shy of 7 million jobs.

    “Professional … Read the rest

  • DOL Publishes Employment Data for May 2013

    The U.S. Department of Labor has published unemployment insurance data for May 2013.

    In the week ending June 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 346,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 357,000. The 4-week moving average was 352,500, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 348,000.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending May 25, unchanged from the prior … Read the rest

Support Staff

Work/Life

HR Law

LW Tip

  • Summer Food Service Program and the National Hunger Hotline

    During the school year, over 19 million children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs, but what happens when school lets out?

    Summer brings the highest rates of childhood hunger in the U.S, with more children going without nutrients, skipping meals and eating less food. Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process: Lack of nutrition can lead to poor performance and concentration and may make children … Read the rest