Volume 14, No. 12 • December 2017


Career Advancement

  • Can a Job Title Change Your Behavior?

    Most libraries have standard job titles such as cataloger, technical services librarian, youth services librarian and instruction librarian. But what if you could make up your own job title? As a library worker, do you think you would feel better about yourself if you had a more impressive sounding title? According to this article, research suggests that job titles have the power to improve our well-being and sense of control. They can boost our perceived social status. Researchers also Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Inclement Weather Pay Policies

    December is here—ushering in holiday parties and winter breaks.  December can also bring inclement weather. In addition to planning for holiday staffing, employers should also review rules and policies for paying employees during weather-related closings and absences. This article suggests that employers be proactive and take necessary steps before inclement weather hits. The author provides important tips to help employers navigate the season more confidently.Read the rest


  • Yes, There’s Still Time to Reserve a Recruitment Booth

    Human Resource professionals, library directors, hiring managers, and search committee representatives who plan to attend the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver, February 9 – 13, 2018, still have time to reserve a recruitment booth in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center.  If you have open positions now, or anticipate having available positions within the coming months, this is a perfect opportunity to meet with candidates from across the country.  

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  • Pay Perception May Be More Important to Workers Than Actual Compensation

    A new study from PayScale showed that how employees feel about their organization’s approach to pay fairness and transparency had a higher impact on their job satisfaction than the amount they were paid. PayScale surveyed 501,796 workers on which aspects of their job contribute to their satisfaction and retention, and ultimately to their engagement. The research also found that, of the respondents who felt they were underpaid, 90% actually were paid at or above the market rate, and 75% of Read the rest


  • A Space for Calm: Setting up a Wellness Room in the Workplace

    By Loriene Roy and Inessa A. Ach

    Workplaces may provide onsite or nearby access to wellness facilities such as gyms, lactation rooms, or spas. In other cases, library workers do not have convenient wellness locations to which they can retreat during their workdays.  In this article we will describe how one graduate school of information responded to the perceived needs of its faculty and staff to create an in-house wellness room.

    The School of Information (iSchool) at the University of Read the rest

  • To Recover from Burnout, Regain Your Sense of Control  

    When it comes to work, have you been feeling exhausted, ineffective, unaccomplished, and cynical? Have you thought to yourself that no matter how hard you work, you can never keep up? Or that you can’t make your boss happy no matter how hard you try? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing burnout. The author of this article offers suggestions to help combat these feelings. You can start by taking control of your life. Read the rest

HR Law

  • The Dirty Dozen: 12 Manager Mistakes that Spark Lawsuits

    Lawsuits by employees against their employers have grown in the past decade. Often, lawsuits are initiated as a result of simple management mistakes and perceived slights. What many people don’t realize is that some laws allow employees to sue their supervisors directly, meaning a manager’s personal bank account could be affected. This article lists 12 of the biggest mistakes that managers make that could potentially harm a library’s or an organization’s credibility in court. Human Resource professionals might consider using Read the rest