Volume 3, No. 4 • April 2006


  • Winners of the SirsiDynix ALA-APA Award Spread the Word about Salaries

    In April and May we will feature the winners of the 2006 SirsiDynix–ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers. This month we interviewed James Fish, Director of Baltimore County Public Libraries.

    Next month Ellissa Cadillic, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1526 in Boston, Massachusetts, will describe how the union advocated for library support staff.

    James Fish had a plan: to increase the status … Read the rest

  • The ALA-APA Presidential Candidates Speak

    Elections will be held in the spring! The candidates for ALA President are Loriene Roy, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and William Crowe, Director of the University of Kansas’ (KU) Kenneth Spencer Research Library. As the victor will also serve as ALA-APA President, the candidates were asked, “How would you would represent ALA-APA as President in 2007-2008?” Here are their responses.

    Bill Crowe
    Presidential Blog: http://billcrowe.blogspot.com

    ALA-APA fills a need long-felt by many of us: a body … Read the rest


  • Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Contemplates Union

    A majority of Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library employees, disgruntled over changes in their workplace and concerned about the institution’s future, want to form a union.

    Organizers said they will soon ask for formal recognition from the library’s board of directors, which has the power to reject the request.

    If recognized by the board, the union would be able to bargain collectively for wages, benefits and workplace conditions. Read the full article – Read the rest

  • Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Director Refuses 4% Raise

    The director of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library announced Tuesday she has decided not to accept a 4 percent pay raise that would have brought her salary to nearly $122,000 a year.

    In a statement, CEO Linda Mielke said she opted not to accept the nearly $5,000 raise because it “sends the wrong message” at a time when the library is cutting costs. Read the full article – fee based.

    Indianapolis-Marion … Read the rest

  • Are Librarians Cool?

    Rachel Kidsman [sp], a 22-year old library school student, wrote that she wants to become a young adult librarian and wonders how to convince youth that librarians aren’t “shushy she-demons.” The commentator, Lin Brehmer, asks, “Who are librarians’ heroes?” and reviews the image of librarians in various media, including an episode of Friends. During Brehmer’s commentary he recalls working at the New York Public Library and emphatically states that, after spending time with his colleagues, “librarians are just as psycho … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • I Was a Fashion Librarian

    What does it take to be a “fashion librarian?” As I was doing my research to find a good and clear definition for the position, I sought the points of view of an information broker, online catalogs, fashion arbiters, John Bartlett, and even a fashion magazine. In the end, I was left with a choice to describe it in my own words how I worked and lived my life of being a fashion librarian.

    Many years ago, … Read the rest

  • Professional or Workaholic

    Do You Work Too Much?

    My father recently passed away at age 61 and I was cleaning out his office when I began to notice some things.

    My father was very proud of his career accomplishments (as I was proud of him); he had started out with very little and, in the American tradition, worked his way to success in his chosen profession. When asked, my father always defined and described himself using his career; never … Read the rest


  • First Class of Certification Applicants Approved!

    The Certified Public Library Administrator Program now has sixteen candidates for certification. They were approved by the CPLA Certification Review Committee on National Library Workers Day, April 4.

    Four new providers were also approved: North Suburban Library System (NSLS) for Marketing, taught by Mary Wilkins Jordan; NSLS for Management of Technology, taught by David Jordan; Southeastern Massachusetts Library System (SEMLS) for Organization and Personnel Administration taught by Cheryl Bryan; and ALA’s Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) for Marketing taught … Read the rest

  • Professional Certification of Chefs

    A Possible Model for Library Workers?

    [Editor’s Note: Since the Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) has begun, we thought you might be interested in how other professions conduct certifications. CPLA consists of nine standards, and librarians with three or more years of experience in a public library must complete courses, with an evaluation component, for seven of the standards. PS: Congratulations to our first class of applicants and the new providers.]

    The heat was on.

    Chef … Read the rest


  • Records Management As a Career for Librarians

    This field can be added to the list of Things You Can Do with a Library Science Degree. Laurie Gingrich, MA, CRM and Robin Bourne-Caris are two librarians who became records management consultants in Chicago, Illinois. They describe their profession, its linkages to and distinctions from librarianship, support staff involvement in records management and the impact of professional development opportunities, including certification.


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  • Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 25!

    “Equal Pay Day is observed in April to indicate how far into each year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year. Tuesday symbolizes the day when women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the previous week.”

    NCPE encourages everyone to “wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are ‘in the red’ with their pay!”… Read the rest

  • Form a WAGE Club for Equal Pay Day

    [Editor’s Note: This letter is from Evelyn Murphy, author of Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It, founder of the WAGE (Women Are Getting Even) Project, and guest speaker at an ALA-APA program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June 2006 . See also the book review from Library Worklife, volume 3, number 2.]

    Dear WAGE Project Supporters,

    I am writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity … Read the rest


  • Keep Out the Hair Dye.

    American Library Association Member Demographic Survey Update

    As of March 22, 2006 we have had 6,581 eligible responses to the survey, about 10% of ALA membership. This is how the figures parse out:

    • Women still outnumber men 4 to 1.
    • Fewer than 4% of our members reported a disability.
    • 57% of membership was born between 1940–1959; 36.5% between 1960–1979.
    • 2.7% of membership is Hispanic or Latino; 4.5% of membership is
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  • National Library Workers Day STARS!

    For National Library Workers Day, Tuesday, April 4, ALA-APA asked you to ask your patrons, colleagues, administrators, and others to submit names of staff who are doing exemplary work in libraries. In celebration of the theme “Libraries Work Because We Do,” more than 200 library employees were praised for their skill, positive attitudes, customer service and for generally making the profession look good! Visit the Gallery of Stars, where you can read the 223 nominations—www.ala-apa.org/nlwd.

    The third annual … Read the rest

  • How Libraries Celebrated National Library Workers Day

    Tuesday, April 4, was a fun day for library employees! Library staff were eager to share their celebrations with LW readers. You may find some inspiration below. Patrons, Friends groups and local media were involved in simple to elaborate celebrations to fit any budget and staff size. Many treats were distributed as thank yous, but there were also educational programs, behind-the-scenes exhibits, and heartfelt expressions of gratitude. A selection of these ideas will be posted on the NLWD Web site … Read the rest