Volume 4, No. 5 • May 2007

Spotlight

ALA-APA News

  • Lewiston, NY, Village Budget Expands Salaries, Benefits, but Disappoints Library

    On April 24, Lewiston’s (NY) Village Board of Trustees approved a $2.88 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The 5% tax increase will cover increased costs for medical insurance, workers’ compensation insurance as well as salaries.

    Officials made what were characterized as minor … Read the rest

  • Finklestein (NY) Public Library Creates, Fills Positions; Minimizes Taxpayer Cost

    Alice Gomstyn, “Finkelstein (NY) library budget may increase taxes nearly 3%,” The Journal News (Westchester County, NY), April 5, 2007.

    Staffing increases are driving a nearly $366,000 rise in the proposed 2007-08 operating budget for Finkelstein Memorial Library.

    Hiring two staff members accounts for the bulk of the proposed budget increase. Filling an assistant library director’s position would cost about $70,000, while a new network manager—who would maintain the library’s 135 computers, wireless network, videoconferencing center and security system—would cost … Read the rest

  • “We’re Moving in the Wrong Direction”

    Will Rising HR Costs Lead Tempe, AZ, Unions To Cut School Librarians?

    Andrea Falkenhagen, “Tempe Union threatens budget cuts,” East Valley Tribune, April 30, 2007.

    Colleen Sparks, “$1.7M cut suggested for Tempe (AZ) union; Staff members urge board to protect jobs, put students’ needs first,” The Arizona Republic (Phoenix), March 31, 2007.

    Rising health insurance and retirement costs, together with declining enrollment, are forcing the Tempe Union High School District’s governing board to cut some expenditures for the 2007–08 … Read the rest

  • Providence Public Library (RI) Braces for 20-60% Layoff

    Daniel Barbarisi, “Providence (RI) Public Library issues pink slips to 60 as a precaution,”
    The Providence Journal, April 27, 2007

    The Providence Public Library plans to send out layoff notices to roughly 60 employees next week, in what library leaders are calling a precautionary move in case the city and the library cannot reach a deal on funding for the next fiscal year. To comply with contract law, the library must send the notices out by Tuesday if it … Read the rest

Certification

  • New CPLA Candidates and Courses Approved

    The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved five candidates and one program course during the Spring 2007 review.  The new course in Marketing will be offered online by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience and ALA-accredited master’s degrees in library and information studies.… Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Healthy Eating at Work

    Balancing Nutrition and Workplace Demands

    Editor’s Note: We hope that Human Resources staff will make healthier workplaces a priority, if you have not already. This article has rich resources at the end that are worth a look.

    Warm weather usually makes us more active and often inspires thoughts of weight loss. But old notions of crash dieting so we can look good in swimsuits are long gone. Instead, a health alarm has gone off. Obesity rates among … Read the rest

Salaries

  • CSU Faculty-Status Librarians May See 20.7% Raise

    On April 3, California State University (CSU) reached a tentative agreement with the California Faculty Association. The agreement provides all CSU faculty, including library workers with faculty status, base pay increases of 20.7 percent over a four-year period, as well as step increases for those eligible, making the package worth 24.87 percent. Union members are expected to vote on the final contract May 1-3.
    The base salary increases (“General Salary Increases”) will raise the average salary for a tenure track … Read the rest

  • Financial Inequality in Higher Education

    AAUP Releases Annual Report on Faculty Salaries

    Washington, D.C. — Although inflation is down and full‑time faculty salaries are finally back up, financial inequality in American higher education continues to grow. That is one of the central findings of “Financial Inequality in Higher Education: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2006–07,” which was released by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on April 12.

    The AAUP’s annual report has been an authoritative source … Read the rest

Statistics

  • Public Libraries’ Investment in Public Relations

    As Seen Through the ALA-APA Salary Survey—Non-MLS: Public and Academic

    If residents are unaware of a public library’s services, they cannot take advantage of those services, and return on investment (ROI) necessarily suffers. This return on investment (ROI) is critical to public libraries; a demonstrable ROI allows library advocates to explain why and how the library is so important to the community it serves. For these reasons, public libraries are increasingly finding their investment in public relations … Read the rest

  • “My Community Loves Its Library and Staff.” DOES IT? HOW MUCH?

    Library leaders often claim that their communities love the library, especially its staff. In flush economic times, such claims go uncontested. But when cynical taxpayers, tight-fisted politicians or conservative donors say “Prove it!” or “How much?” today’s library leaders can respond. They have an analytical tool to demonstrate in dollars just how much users value their library, its staff and the services they provide. That analytical … Read the rest

Work/Life

  • National Library Workers Day

    How Did Your Library Celebrate?

    National Library Workers Day worked because you did! Not only did ALA-APA receive twice as many Stars submissions than last year (a record 593!), we also received dozens of emails describing ways that libraries around the nation celebrated employee contributions on Tuesday, April 17. Below are ways many libraries chose to make merry. Whether NLWD is a time-honored tradition at your library (this is the fourth celebration year), or whether you would like to initiate … Read the rest

  • National Library Workers Day Statistical Wrap-Up

    There were 593 Stars this year (223 in 2005), not counting the 26 ALA Stars.

    Fifty-two percent of nominees work in public libraries, 27% in elementary/middle/high schools, 19% in colleges and universities, 2% in other (special, government) libraries. ALA-APA President Leslie Burger selected twenty stars to receive NLWD t-shirts.

    In the analysis of Stars by population, Arizona and D.C. led the pack for nominations/population with 47 stars and 4 stars, respectively. They had the highest … Read the rest

HR Law

  • LIBRARIAN Act of 2007 Introduced in Congress

    WASHINGTON — On April 17, coinciding with National Library Workers Day, the Librarian Incentive to Boost Recruitment and Retention in Areas of Need (LIBRARIAN) Act of 2007 was introduced in both the U.S. Senate (S. 1121) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 1877).

    This bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for Perkins student loan forgiveness, which will encourage individuals to become and remain librarians in low-income schools and public libraries.

    “The LIBRARIAN Act of 2007 is … Read the rest

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