Volume 12, No. 5 • May 2015

Spotlight

  • Spring Cleaning at Your Academic Library: Why You Should Do It, and How to Make It Work

    By Cori Wilhelm

    Numerous studies have been done about the benefits of a tidy workplace.  Staff are more productive, efficient, and motivated in a clutter-free and organized environment.  A recent study by OfficeMax indicated that 90% of Americans feel clutter has a negative impact on their life and work.  Looking for a quick solution to increase productivity and morale at your academic library?  Try Spring Cleaning.

    Please note: this is not library weeding, and should be considered an entirely separate … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

HR Practice

  • Navigating the Transition from Friend to Boss

    It’s true — we all need friends at work.  However, if you have recently been promoted into your first managerial role, you understand that having close friends at work can be complicated.  In studying the leadership challenges of first-time managers, the author of this article discovered that making the transition from friend to boss was the biggest hurdle.  He offers suggestions to overcome this challenge.… Read the rest

Recruitment

  • Still Accepting Employer Participants for the ALA JobLIST Placement Center Open House

    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 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 28, 2015 during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.

    Representatives from various libraries and library-related companies can take advantage of the opportunity to talk with conference attendees about available positions as well discuss their specific work environments—things that make their place of employment unique. … Read the rest

Salaries

  • Do You Know How Much Library Workers in Your Area Make?  You Should.

    By Qaddafi SabreeNLWD DCLA EVENT

    For the typical American worker, discussions of salary and income can be a sensitive subject. Most of us would like to think that we’re being paid a fair wage for the knowledge and skills that we bring to our jobs. No one wants to be underpaid or undervalued. For this reason, it’s important that we are aware of what the typical salary range is for our respective positions.

    In observance of National Library Workers Day, the DC … Read the rest

  • Do Your Homework Before Rolling Your Retirement Nest Egg Into An IRA

    You’ve probably seen all the ads urging you to roll over your 401(k) savings into an IRA. It’s something people often explore when they’re leaving their jobs.  This Daily News article explains that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) warns that it is important to understand what you are getting into and the costs involved.  FINRA recently issued tips for making a sound decision.… Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Do Your Eyes Need a Break?

    If you’re like many people, you spend most of the day at work looking at a computer.  This could lead to eye strain and a host of vision-related problems.  This article provides suggestions to help protect your vision at work and at home.… Read the rest

HR Law

  • Avoid the Pitfalls of Social Media

    Social media has changed the way people communicate and interact.  It has also changed some employers’ recruiting and hiring processes.  This article suggests that employers use social media in an evenhanded manner. Each application should be processed in the same way and the same criteria applied to each applicant in order to avoid potential liability.… Read the rest