Volume 15, No. 7 • July 2018


  • Janus v. AFSCME: What Is It About?

    By Beatrice Calvin

    If you read or watched the news at all in the past week or so, you probably heard about the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  It was a landmark labor law case regarding a challenge to an Illinois law that allowed unions representing government employees to collect fees from workers who choose not to join the union.

    The case involves Mark Janus, a Read the rest


  • ALA President Unveils Enriched ALA-APA Workplace Wellness Website

    American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo and members of the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee announce the relaunch of ALA-Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) Workplace Wellness website. The site now includes additional health resources that benefit library workers in all types of working environments. The website reboot is part of Garcia-Febo’s commitment to support staff wellness and is made possible by the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee.

    “I am happy to support ALA-APA and its Workplace Wellness Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Thinking Job Search? Think Strategy

    By Caitlin Williams

    Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.  It was a great experience. One of the things I get to do during the ALA conferences is career coaching for people who stop by the on-site ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center. In my discussions, I noticed a theme that came up frequently: “How do I do my job search, where do I begin, or where do I Read the rest


  • What Recent LSSC Graduates Are Saying about the Program

    I have a deeper understanding of my job and profession.  The program is well worth the time investment and is an accomplishment that I am proud of having completed.” Elias – Lockesburg, AR

    Very proud of myself to have finished this program and be able to use my knowledge in my library to help people more effectively.” Bexi – Iron River, MI

    The Certification Program on a whole was a great learning experience.  I would Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Should You Allow Employees to Sleep on the Job?

    Have you ever felt the desire to take a quick nap during the work day? Many of us have. Doing so could help individuals feel refreshed, possibly resulting in greater productivity.  Several years ago, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, issued new recommendations for appropriate amounts of sleep.  For adults aged 18 – 65+, they recommended between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. For various reasons (sick family members, barking dogs, stress, etc.), … Read the rest


  • 7 Easy Ways to Encourage Employees to Save More for Retirement

    Early in our careers many of us are so busy trying to pay bills and make it to the next pay check that we contribute very little (if anything at all) to our retirement plans.  But time flies. We look up and realize that we are close to retirement with very little saved. We may ask ourselves how we could possibly save more so that we are ready to retire when the time comes. The author of this article offers … Read the rest


  • 3 Unconscious Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Time Off from Work  

    Thanks to technology, it often feels as though it is impossible to disengage from our typical work tasks. Even when we’re supposed to be on vacation, we continue to do things such as respond to email and check phone messages. The author of this article suggests that sometimes we do things that causes us to sabotage our time off. He offers suggestions to make it easier for us to disconnect from work and avoid ruining our time away. If you … Read the rest

HR Law

  • The 10 Most Common Legal Mistakes HR Makes

    Human resource professionals have a wide variety of responsibilities. If you have a small department or are understaffed, juggling those duties can often be overwhelming. One misstep could cost the library/organization a lot—thousands or millions of dollars. Knowing the areas where the most typical errors occur, can go a long way towards ensuring that you don’t make a costly mistake. This article lists common mistakes that could land HR into legal hot water.… Read the rest