Volume 14, No. 11 • November 2017


  • Resilience: A Critical Career Management Tool

    How well do you bounce back in the face of workplace stress? In her video chat “Resilience: A Critical Career Management Tool,” Dr. Caitlin Williams emphasizes the importance of building and practicing resilience to maintaining physical and professional health.

    Resources Mentioned in the Resilience: A Critical Career Management Tool Chat

    • Borysenko, Joan.  It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc., 2009.
    • Carucci, Ron.  “The Better You Know Yourself, the
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Career Advancement

  • Courses to Help You Reach Your Career Development Goals

    The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) will be offering a variety of online, asynchronous courses to help library workers achieve career development goals. Cost per course is $350 for ALA members and $400 for non-members. A list of upcoming courses is included below.

    Library Marketing | REGISTER

    Dates: November 13 – December 22, 2017

    Description:  This course is designed to provide participants with an introduction to basic marketing management and how these principles apply in Read the rest


  • The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program Continues to Grow!

    The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program offers library support staff the opportunity to commit to professional development and continuing education through the completion of competency sets developed and implemented by the ALA-APA.

    There are currently over 550 active candidates pursuing their Certification and 179 Graduates who have become Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS)! For more information contact Kimberly L. Redd, Program Officer, Certification at KLredd@ala.org /800-545-2433 ext. 4279, or visit our website.Read the rest

HR Practice

  • 7 Tips to Turn Bad Bosses into Inspiring Leaders

    Many people go to work, put in their time, and clock out. There’s no interest in what’s going on. They just want a pay check. This lack of engagement can often be attributed to how people feel about their immediate supervisor. According to this article, bosses who have good rapport with their staff and think of themselves as a coach, rather than a dictator or final decision-maker, will engender employee trust and cooperation. The author offers tips to help Read the rest


  • Join Us at the Midwinter Open House/Job Fair

    During the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado (Feb. 9-13, 2018) the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair. Job seekers can attend and talk to any employer.  Hiring managers and human resource professionals are given the opportunity to discuss what it’s like to work in your library/organization and community with conference attendees. There is no cost to participate.

    The Open House will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018, 10:30 Read the rest


  • Is It Ever Okay to Borrow from Your Retirement Account?

    With the holidays fast approaching, many people may be thinking about ways to get some extra money.  Perhaps you want to do some small projects around the house before guests arrive. Or maybe you want extra money for events that have nothing to do with the holidays. You might want to help a child prepare for an upcoming wedding, or help one prepare to start college. Whatever your reason for needing extra cash, you might be contemplating taking out a Read the rest


  • Supervisor Support Critical to Employee Well-Being

    According to a new survey released by the American Psychological Association, individuals without supervisor support for career development are more likely to distrust their employer and plan on leaving within the next year. In addition, this article reports that for working Americans without supervisor support, less than half (48 percent) say they are motivated to do their best at work (vs. 88 percent who report having supervisor support), 39 percent are satisfied with their job (vs. 86 percent), 16 percent Read the rest


  • How to Stay Positive While Surrounded by Energy Zappers

    Do you know people who seem to drain the positive energy out of you and perhaps everyone around them? Some people like to bring other’s spirits down to where theirs is. Some people just cannot help but talk about fellow coworkers. The author of this article gives examples of ways people can reduce your positive energy and offers suggestions for ways to minimize their affects. The author asserts that we are all vulnerable to the stresses of life and should Read the rest

HR Law

  • Quiz: Do You Know the Correct Answers?

    1. What does the federal law say about extra pay for people working weekends, nights or holidays?

    1. It’s not required, but some state laws may apply
    2. It’s required at time-and-a-half
    3. It’s required at double time
    4. It’s not required, but you must give a bonus

    Correct answer: A

    Extra pay for working weekends or nights is a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee’s representative). The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require extra pay Read the rest