Volume 2, No. 11 • November 2005

Spotlight

ALA-APA News

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Awards More Than $22.3 Million in Health Information Technology Grants to States, Particular Emphasis on Rural and Underserved Areas

    You may be living in an area that is benefiting from Health Information Technology Grants, another step towards Americans having standardized, electronic, and secure access to health care records. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) chose sixteen grantees. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said, “Sharing successful best practices will be valuable to providers nationwide seeking to implement health IT systems that will improve patient safety and reduce hassle. These grants help move our … Read the rest

  • Chinese American Librarians Association Scholarships for 2006

    The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2006 CALA Scholarships to study Library and Information Science. The deadline is March 15, 2006. For more information, please visit the CALA Web site.

    Established in 2004, the CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science awards $1,000 annually to a full time student at ALA-accredited library school in North America.

    The C.C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship

    The scholarship awards $500 annually to a full time … Read the rest

  • Google Librarian Center Newsletter

    Google is launching a quarterly newsletter for librarians. According to the site, “Librarians and Google share a mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. We support librarians like yourself who work each day to further that mission. This page is a first step toward improving and expanding that support.” Subscribers will receive tips, news and information on new features and be able to share Google-related lesson plans. www.google.com/services/librarian_center.html Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Don’t Let Any “Digital Dirt” Bury Your Job Prospects

    This article is reprinted with permission from Newsday (NY) newspaper. It was originally published on August 21, 2005, in the Money and Careers Section, p. A59.

    Most job hunters never even know when they’ve lost out on an interview because of “digital dirt.” That could include your chat room tirade on an ex-roommate’s sex life or that photo of you and college buddies smoking something that’s not exactly tobacco—stuff a prospective employer finds by Googling your name … Read the rest

Certification

HR Practice

  • Revising an Employee Handbook

    An Employee Handbook is an important management tool to be used as an orientation for new employees and as a reference for veteran workers. Handbooks improve the efficiency and morale of employees by establishing guidelines and expectations for how employees work at an organization and by providing information regarding policies, procedures, practices, benefits, etc. Handbooks help to ensure decisions made by managers comply with applicable legal requirements and are consistent … Read the rest

Recruitment

  • Internships As Powerful Tools for Library Recruitment

    As many librarians are reaching retirement, recruitment is becoming an increasingly important topic. Library and Information Science programs face heavy competition from other educational programs. Often promising less pay than other careers, librarianship is overshadowed by more financially rewarding, better funded and highly advertised professions. Yet those in the field know the personal and professional rewards of library work. Because of this, current librarians and library staff offer the greatest potential for recruiting future librarians. In fact, … Read the rest

Salaries

  • 2004 Teacher Salary Survey

    For the first time since the 1999/2000 school year, the average teacher salary failed to keep up with inflation, according to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) latest salary survey. The AFT teacher salary survey found that the average teacher salary in the 2003/2004 school year was $46,597, a 2.2 percent increase from the year before. This falls short of the rate of inflation for 2004, which was 2.7 percent. In addition, many states are attempting to drastically reduce or … Read the rest

  • School Librarian Salaries for 2004/2005

    The Educational Research Service conducted its National Study of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools for 2004/2005. School librarians were included. The results were published in the Apr. 13, 2005, issue of Education Week. It is the first time the data has been weighted. Salaries ranged from a low of $19,018 to a high of $109,918, with an average salary of $50,125. The 2003/2004 figures were a range of $19,523 to $105,940, with an average of $50,403.

    Park, Jennifer.

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  • New Placement Data Just Released from Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology, September 2005

    Master of Science (Library and Information Science) 2005 Graduates

    • Typical Job Titles
      • Project Cataloger
      • Library Technician
      • Senior Research Analyst
      • Children’s Librarian
      • Electronic Services Librarian
      • Research Librarian II
      • High School Librarian
      • Software Manager
      • Senior Information Management Specialist
    • Average Starting Salary: $40,000
    • 91% responded that their IST education was helpful in preparing them for their job.
    • 91% responded that they would recommend IST to others in the field.

    Master of Science in Information Systems 2005 Graduates

    • Typical Job Titles
      • Application Developer
      • Systems
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  • Library Journal Placements and Salaries 2004

    Closing the Gap

    In the October 15, 2005, issue of Library Journal, Stephanie Maatta reports on the results from the 2004 survey. Almost two thousand (1,951) graduates of schools of information and library science responded. “In 2004, graduates reported an average starting salary of $39,079, an increase of 2.91% over the 2003 average of $37,975. … This remains below the national inflation rate of 3.5% and doesn’t touch the average annual salary growth of the late 1990s (4.35%), but it … Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Research Shows Employees Enjoy Working With Colleagues, Supervisors

    MENLO PARK , Calif.—Despite the heavy workloads and tight deadlines they may face, employees are happy with the company they keep. Eight-seven percent of workers polled said they have good relationships with their supervisors; 91 percent feel the same about their relationships with their coworkers.

    The survey was developed by Accountemps, a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 972 men and women aged 18 … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Confessions of a Supreme Court Groupie

    I am a Supreme Court groupie, plain and simple. I wish I could just write this off as a side effect of being a lawyer, but I was a groupie long before law school. Granted, I don’t sleep out in front of Souter’s house, hang around Washington, D.C., hoping to see Ginsburg, and I have yet to send away for the Clarence Thomas bobble head, but I still consider myself a groupie nonetheless.

    In my … Read the rest

  • The Effect of California’s Proposition 13 on Library Funding

    According to the American Library Association, “many cities and counties throughout California are facing severe library funding cuts.” It detailed this fiscal situation in a national report published at its Web site, www.ala.org/ala/news/libraryfunding/libraryfunding.htm.

    The problem is rooted in a state initiative passed in 1978, Proposition 13, which limits property taxes that can be collected on property owners to 1 percent of the assessed value, and for those who owned homes at the time it was passed, … Read the rest

  • President’s Advisory Panel on Tax Reform Issues Report on November 1.

    The President’s Advisory Panel on Tax Reform (www.taxreformpanel.gov) released a final report on November 1, 2005. President Bush established the bipartisan panel to review options for reforming the U.S. tax code to make it simpler and to stimulate economic growth. Of particular interest to most citizens is tax reform, including possible changes to deductions for home mortgage interest and state and local taxes. Bill Leonard, Senior Writer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), reports on an … Read the rest