Volume 13, No. 8 • August 2016


  • The Missing Piece of the Library Profession

    By Bryant Moore

    History of Librarianship in the United States

    Librarianship in the United States has a long history that can be traced back to the developments of the education and economic systems. In 1884 Melvil Dewey established the first library school called the School of Library Economy.1 By the end of the nineteenth century, Andrew Carnegie was responsible for providing the funding for 3,000 libraries around the world.2 Prior to the nineteenth century individuals interested in working Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Start Planning Now for Continuing Education

    Right now, the sun may be shining brightly and many of us are probably enjoying leisurely days with our family and friends. But autumn will be here soon. This is a time when school, colleges and universities are back in session.  It is also a time when employees look to gain new knowledge and update their skills.  So now is the perfect time to start thinking about what new things you want to learn.

    To help with your planning for … Read the rest

  • 5 Types of Employees Who May Not Be Management Material

    You may have your eyes set on the library director’s position or a management position and the bigger salary that comes with it. According to this article however, it may be difficult for you to get it if you are not management material. Some people who have hopes of working their way up the ladder are wondering why they haven’t yet been able to move forward. It could be that their behavior is functioning as a road block. This article Read the rest

HR Practice

  • 10 Things Your Employees Really Want to Hear You Say

    Although salaries and benefits are important, employees crave more than just a paycheck from work. They want to go home feeling valued and respected for the job they do. But managers can get so bogged down in the details of everyday operations that it can be difficult for them to think about things like employee morale and motivation. This article lists ten phrases or questions that managers can use with employees to help build respect, gratitude and trust — which Read the rest

  • Being Mindful Makes You a Better Leader

    Emotional intelligence (EI) can be defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Managing and leading with EI helps you communicate more effectively, feel more compassion, bring out the best in others, and overcome challenges. Think you can’t learn to be emotionally intelligent? According to this article, there’s one thing you can do to help: practice mindfulness. The author suggests that better mindfulness helps us Read the rest


  • 2016 ALA-APA Salary Survey Available

    For the first time since 2007, a new edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS-Librarian – Public and Academic is available. The online database format captures salary data that is current as of the library budgets which are filled closest to March 1, 2016.  Survey participants include 451 respondents including 223 non-ARL academic libraries (response rate of 22.5%) and 228 public libraries (response rate of 31.3%) from across the country. Respondents of the survey reported on 14,166 salaries which are Read the rest


  • Healthy by the Hour: How to Make Wellness a Part of Your Work Day

    If you are in the habit of going directly to your office when you get to work, sitting down at your computer, working until lunch time, eating lunch at your desk, and then continuing to work until it is time to go home, you may be causing irreparable damage to your health and overall wellbeing. This article offers suggestions for things you can do every day at work to get you moving and improve your health. Read the rest

HR Law

  • Know Your Rights Videos

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has developed the “Know Your Rights” video series in English and Spanish to provide workers with useful basic information in different scenarios that workers encounter in the workplace. The short videos provide valuable basic information to correct common misinformation, such as what the federal minimum wage is; when overtime pay is due; when an employer has to pay an employee; whether off the clock work is compensable or not; who Read the rest

  • Firing Someone for Breaking-Up with Their Spouse is Illegal

    In a recent unanimous ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court stated that unless an employer can show that it has a bearing on job performance or the workplace environment, no recently separated or divorced individuals can be the victim of discrimination or retaliation. This also applies to job applicants. This brief article explains the details and reminds managers of some key things to keep in mind including the idea that you should not assume that divorce proceedings will interfere with Read the rest