Volume 2, No. 5 • May 2005

Spotlight

  • From Securing the Building to Securing Children’s Futures

    A Conversation with Willie Johnson Jr. of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland.

    “The paradox in life is that one must be ambitious to be free from that ambition which corrupts and tempts and distorts.”—Peter J. James

    JG: I met Willie Johnson at the 2004 ALA Annual Conference and was immediately impressed by his focused path to librarianship. He’s a young African-American man who developed a desire to become a librarian while working as a library security officer. … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

  • ALA-APA Programs at Annual Conference in Chicago

    While you’re crafting your itinerary for Annual, don’t forget these exciting programs!

    Debate: Do Unions or Professional Associations Belong in Libraries?

    Saturday, June 25, 1:30–3:30 pm
    Hear from proponents and opponents to union presence in libraries. You will have a chance to voice your opinion, too!
    Speakers: Maurice Freedman, Pamela Wilson, Saul Schniderman, President of AFSCME 2910

    Networking Breakfast

    Sunday, June 26, 7:30–8:30 am
    The winner of Dynix -ALA-APA Award for Promoting Salaries will be announced at this breakfast. It … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • The Why and How of Conference Attendance

    Why You Should Go to a Conference

    By Judith A. Siess

    If you are already making plans to attend a conference, great! You can skip to the next section on managing your time. If you aren’t going, read on. Why aren’t you going to a conference? Perhaps you have one of these “excuses” (you didn’t think they were really “reasons,” did you?)

    Excuse #1: “My employer won’t pay for it.” Are people in other departments of your organization getting to … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Racial Bias in Hiring

    Are Emily and Brendan More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?

    Originally published in Capital Ideas, University of Chicago Newsletter—excerpted from Bertrand, Marianne, and Sendhil Mullainathan. “Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination.” The American Economic Review, 2004, 94 (4), pp. 991.

    Though racial inequality in the U.S. labor market is understood as a persistent problem even today, it has been difficult to measure how such … Read the rest

Recruitment

  • Making the Connection: How Salaries Affect Recruitment Webcast

    On National Library Workers Day, Tuesday, April 12, “Making the Connection: How Salaries Affect Recruitment in Libraries” was presented by the American Library Association and the ALA-Allied Professional Association. More than 100 people were able to participate through our site and the Dynix Institute, which hosted “overflow” seating. The speakers, your colleagues, gave us valuable information on how to evaluate and affect the connection between recruitment and salaries.

    ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano introduced the program and gave a “state of … Read the rest

Salaries

  • Please Sir, Could I Have Some More? Part II

    Public Librarians and Salaries

    By Tracey Simon

    This article is Part II of II. The first article appeared in April (v2n4).

    There are other, more pragmatic solutions. One is based on total compensation, an approach taken by the Kalamazoo Public Library in Michigan.15 Total compensation takes in all elements of employee costs including salary steps, health benefits, social security, etc., and assigns a real dollar value to each. This compensation is then linked to library revenues. When revenues go … Read the rest

Statistics

  • Is Your Library School Participating in the Library Journal Annual Survey of Salaries? Are you?

    If you graduated with an ALA accredited Master’s in 2004 and haven’t heard from your school about Library Journal’s annual survey of salaries and placements, please let your school know that you want to participate.

    You can direct your placements office to the simple form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=74659835974

    For more information on how to participate with or without your school’s involvement, please contact Stephanie Maatta.

    This survey is an important benchmark for knowledge about the job market for new grads, … Read the rest

  • AAUP Releases Report on Salary Inequities in Academe

    Washington, D.C.—The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released its Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2004-05, titled “Inequities Persist for Women and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.” The author of the report, Dr. John Curtis, director of research at the AAUP, presented the report’s findings and responding to questions at a seminar and media conference.

    The data gathered in the annual faculty compensation survey revealed a substantial variation in salaries among different types of institutions and different categories of … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Linda A. Dobb—Outstanding Supporter of Support Staff

    The winner of Library Mosaics’ and the Council on Library/Media Technician’s 2005 award for Outstanding Supporter of Support Staff is Linda Dobb, Executive Vice President of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. The award is presented annually for outstanding service to library support staff.

    Dobb was selected for her dedicated work on behalf of support staff at both local and national levels. As Executive Vice President and former Dean of Libraries and Learning Resources, she has given active and … Read the rest

  • Diane Fay—Outstanding Support Staff of the Year

    Diane M. Fay, a long-standing champion for the ALA-APA, has received the Library Mosaics/COLT Outstanding Support Staff of the Year Award for 2005! Diane is the current chair of the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers.

    DIANE is a retired supervisor of the cataloging department at the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Fay has made significant contributions to the continuing growth and development of library support staff around the country through active involvement … Read the rest

Work/Life

  • How-to Books for Improving Employee Morale Through Effective Leadership

    As politics heat up and the economy slows down, many employees suffer from low morale with little hope of recovery. They look toward their leaders to guide them through these times. Consequently, effective leadership has become ever more important but also increasingly difficult.

    Perhaps one of the best resources for library professionals, including managers and directors, to develop their leadership skills is through the library’s life-blood: books! Thousands of books have been published that share new … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Benefits of Compensating Independent Contractors vs. Employees

    By Paula M. Singer, Ph.D. and Laura Francisco, PHR

    Due to federal law, and motivational factors, there are many differences in the way employees are compensated compared to independent contractors. Independent contractors may call themselves by a variety of names such as freelancers, consultants, the self-employed, entrepreneurs, or business owners, although it makes no difference in the eyes of the law. Independent contractors are people who contract to perform services for others but do not have the legal status of … Read the rest