Volume 15, No. 2 • February 2018

Spotlight

ALA-APA News

  • National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day

    Once every few years the dates for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day coincide with one another.  This is one of those years.  Both will be held on April 10, 2018 and we are encouraging individuals, groups, and libraries to celebrate both days together. 

    The original resolution for the celebration of NLWD was proposed to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of librarians and library support staff.  It was proposed that the Tuesday of National Library Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • CPLA and CLSS Classes of 2017!

    Congratulations to the 2017 Class of Certified Public Library Administrators!

    The following individuals successfully completed the program requirements and received the CPLA designation in 2017:

    • Amy Hannaway, St. Louis, MO
    • Elizabeth Joseph, Stamford, CT
    • Kim Kroll, Belton, TX
    • Jared L. Mills, Seattle, WA
    • Therese Purcell Nielsen, Huntington, NY
    • Jill Youngs, Cicero, NY

    Did you know you can earn 8 hours towards your recertification by attending the 2018 PLA Conference in Philadelphia, PA.  Please visit http://www.placonference.org/ for information and to register.Read the rest

  • What to Do When You Don’t Feel Valued at Work

    No one likes to feel unappreciated, particularly when you’ve put a lot of effort into getting something accomplished. How can you highlight your achievements without bragging about your work? Who should you talk to about your feelings? And if the situation doesn’t change, do you just stay on the job, or do you quit? The author of this article offers suggestions for how to handle situations when you might be feeling undervalued.… Read the rest

HR Practice

  • 6 Termination Mistakes Managers Should Avoid

    Terminating employees can be one of the hardest parts of being a manager or HR professional. It can also be one of the most legally dangerous. It is believed that more lawsuits result from employees getting fired than any other employee interaction. How can you avoid the anger of fired employees that might later manifest itself as a lawsuit? The author of this article offers guidelines that managers can follow that should help them avoid being dragged into court. Read the rest

  • Opioid Crisis: 5 Tips to Address Addiction in the Workplace  

    Recently, there have been stories in the news of the nation’s growing opioid epidemic. It involves the use of prescription opioid (pain) medications and illicit drugs. The epidemic has touched every socio-economic level in the U.S. It is presenting challenges for both employees and employers. According to the National Safety Council, workers with substance use disorders miss nearly 50% more work days than their peers – up to six weeks annually. Employers don’t seem to recognize the scope of Read the rest

Salaries

  • We Want a Raise!

    Have you received a raise lately—one that covered more than your increase in health care costs? It seems that wages have remained relatively flat for many workers. According to a recent report from job site Glassdoor, the annual median base pay in the United States grew just 0.9 percent year over year (YOY) in January 2018. According to HRDive, an Indeed survey revealed that only 19% of U.S. workers are satisfied with their current salaries. In fact, an Read the rest

Work/Life

  • What Are You Tolerating?

    Are there things or situations in your life that cause you to feel stressed every time you think about them? It could be a messy office, a friendship or work relationship that is not reciprocal, or even a desire to get additional education. They are things you want to change, but just haven’t put in the time or effort to make the change. The author of this article/video calls these “tolerations” and says that they drain us of our energy. Read the rest