Volume 12, No. 1 • January 2015


  • Looking Ahead (and Back) to National Library Workers Day

    By Aliqae Geraci

    As we prepare for the ALA Midwinter meeting, library workers, advocates, and those working in employee and labor relations in libraries shift into high gear to plan for National Library Workers Day (NLWD: April 14th this year). The second Tuesday of National Library Week, NLWD is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the work of all library staff in making library service possible. NLWD is sponsored by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association, ALA’s companion 501(c)6 organization that … Read the rest


  • More Than 100 Graduates

    The ALA-APA is very excited to announce that during the month of December 2014, the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program surpassed 100 graduates! We would like to thank all of our graduates, current candidates, providers, and ALA committee members for helping us reach this milestone. To find out more about the LSSC Program, please visit the LSSC web site.… Read the rest

HR Practice


  • New Changes in Wages for the New Year

    Did you know that 20 U.S. states raised their hourly minimum wage on Jan. 1? And did you know that 29 states and the District of Columbia now have a minimum wage above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour? The Wage and Hour Division has an interactive online map that allows you to track the minimum wage requirements in all 50 states. A summary of new state labor laws also is available.

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HR Law

  • A New Year, New OSHA Reporting Requirements

    For employers under the federal jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the start of a new year means more than just making resolutions. It also means that certain employers must comply with the new reporting requirements that went into effect January 1, 2015.  OSHA has developed a variety of resources for employers including a dedicated webpage, more FAQs, a Fact Sheet, and a video recorded to help explain the new requirements.

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LW Tip

  • Talk Directly to the IRS at Midwinter

    As a result of the passage of the CROmnibus (2015 federal budget) where the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was hit with a $300 million cut for forms and distribution, services to libraries will be changing.  Before final decisions are made, IRS representatives are interested in hearing what librarians think the priorities should be.  An IRS representative will attend the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in McCormick Place Convention Center, Room … Read the rest

  • Are There Benefits to Being Told ‘No’?

    We have all heard the word no in our careers —from not getting a job or promotion we thought we were qualified for to not being permitted to work on a special project that we feel could be beneficial for our employers.  As discouraging as it can be, hearing No can be turned into a positive opportunity.  Attend a session entitled, ‘The Power of No’ Sunday, February 1, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center (McCormick Place … Read the rest

  • Free Webinar to Address Creating Resilient, Safe Workplaces – January 27

    Research indicates that welcoming and safe workplaces that offer work-life balance and take precautions against violent behavior are beneficial to employers’ bottom lines through increased employee productivity, health and engagement. On January 27, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 pm (EST), the U.S. Office of Disability and Employment Policy’s (ODEP’s) Employer Technical Assistance Center, in coordination with the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, will host a webinar titled Creating Resilient Workplaces: Safe Space Leads to Engaged, Productive Workers. This webinar … Read the rest