Volume 2, No. 7 • July 2005

Spotlight

  • Plan Your Referendum for Success

    As expense growth continuously erodes public library district budgets, the number of library districts facing difficult choices is mushrooming. Where local laws permit it, the inevitable result is a proliferation of these districts approaching their taxpayers with a ballot question seeking a tax rate increase. Rate increase questions may be for new construction or for operations.

    Whether a library seeks professional assistance in marketing its referendum question or simply tries to sell it to … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

  • City Workers Ratify Pay-Raise Settlement

    CHICAGO – City workers represented by Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have ratified a new four-year agreement that provides pay increases totaling 12.75 percent, the union announced Friday.

    Ninety-four percent of ballots cast were in favor of the settlement.

    Final terms of the pact, which will run retroactively from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2007, were hammered out last week after more … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • The E-Learning Clearinghouse Database

    In 2004, WebJunction received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership grant to create a database of Web-based educational development for library staff and information professionals. The database is currently in development and will be launched in Fall 2005.

    The E-Learning Clearinghouse will provide a searchable database of programs and courses offered by ALA-accredited graduate schools, community colleges, and regional service providers throughout the US and Canada. Potential students will be able to discover what type of … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Navigating the Academic Library Job Search

    If you ask almost anyone looking for a professional position in an academic library these days, especially those fresh out of school, you will hear that the search isn’t easy. You would get a very similar response if you were to ask those who are on search committees looking for the right people to fill positions at their libraries. It all seems very simple and straightforward: job-seeking librarians and LIS students want to know … Read the rest

  • Navigating the Academic Library Job Search

    If you ask almost anyone looking for a professional position in an academic library these days, especially those fresh out of school, you will hear that the search isn’t easy. You would get a very similar response if you were to ask those who are on search committees looking for the right people to fill positions at their libraries. It all seems very simple and straightforward: job-seeking librarians and LIS students want to know … Read the rest

Recruitment

Salaries

  • State-Set Minimum Wage Rates

    Although the U.S. government has failed to increase the national minimum wage, which has held at $5.15 per hour since 1997 despite ever increasing costs of living, states and local governments across the country have implemented compensation laws that raise regional minimum wages to exceed federal standards.

    To date, 16 states have established higher minimum wages: Alaska, $7.15; California, $6.75; Connecticut, $7.10; Delaware, $6.15; District of Columbia, $6.60; Florida, $6.15; Hawaii, $6.25; Illinois, $6.50; Maine, $6.35; Massachusetts, … Read the rest

Statistics

  • Job Cuts Soar with Summer Heat

    June job cuts were the highest since January 2004, according to a July 6, 2005, CNN article. Employers reported an estimated 110,996 cuts in June, an increase of nearly 35%. While auto and retail divisions were hit the hardest, government employers reported the largest number of decreases.

    The increase in job cuts is reportedly due to “changing consumer demand, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, automation, and consolidation” as well as to higher healthcare costs and inflated oil and natural gas prices.… Read the rest

  • Public Library Information Added to State Education Data Profiles

    National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has added public library information to the State Education Data Profiles. It lists the number of ALA-accredited MLS librarians, other librarians, and support staff in public libraries in each state, with a chart comparing the number to the national average. Total staff expenditures (salaries and wages) are also tabulated for the state. Search for statewide information in elementary/secondary education, postsecondary education, public libraries, and selected demographics for all states in the U.S.

    http://nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/ Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Council Approves Policy on Inclusiveness

    The ALA Policy on Inclusiveness and Mutual Respect was approved during the second session of the ALA Council at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. It was passed unanimously. Library support staff represent approximately two-thirds (67%) of all library staff. This policy is important because it recognizes Julie Brewer’s point that “their contributions are essential to providing quality library services. Most libraries could not open without library support staff.”

    Julie made the presentation on behalf of the ALA Library Support Read the rest

Work/Life

  • The Office of the Future

    Innovative Trends in Workplace Design and Function

    Loosen up your necktie and forgo the pantyhose, because future office spaces seek to strip employees of straight-laced traditions and re-dress them with environments that foster mobility, connectivity, and mental and physical fitness. Unlike in the past, the future work environment will keep the worker in mind, rather than the other way around.

    For years, employees have had private offices or cubicles, cut off from their fellow employees and limited … Read the rest