Volume 4, No. 6 • June 2007



  • Bridgewater-Raritan School District Trying to Save Library Assistants

    To accommodate $1.6 million in budget cuts, the Bridgewater Township Council and Raritan Borough Council proposed to cut all library assistant positions. This cut would save the system over $200,000 in salaries and benefits. Parents, library staff, residents and municipal officials are urging the Board to find other expenditures to cut, citing the value of library assistants for school instruction and their critical role in library operations.… Read the rest

  • Indianapolis-Marion County Library Selects AFSCME as Union

    On May 23, 2007, 146 staff members of the Indianapolis-Marion County Library voted to be represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 62. Voter turnout was high, at almost 90%, and 68% of those who voted were in favor of the decision. Now, the work continues as employees complete surveys that will be used to inform the collective bargaining agreement. Visit the Indy Library Union website for more details.… Read the rest

  • New Graduates Urged to Participate in Library Journal Salary Survey

    If you graduated with a Master’s in 2006 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=945243413106 or suggest they contact Stephanie Maatta at smaatta@cas.usf.edu.

    This survey is an important benchmark for knowledge about the job market for new graduates, and it is made richer by each response.… Read the rest

  • Chattanooga Library Seeks Funding For Staff

    The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library is seeking an additional $481,000 each from the county and the city.  The library, which has not hired a librarian in more than a decade, will use the funds to restore hours and staff.… Read the rest

  • Craig County Hires Part-Time Librarian

    The Craig County Board of Supervisors awarded the library more than $16,000, which will help keep the library open for a year and fund a part-time librarian.… Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Effective Habits, Habitual Effectiveness

    Four Ways Library Employees Can Cultivate Excellence

    In a recent article in the electronic version of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Yale University librarian Todd Gilman outlines “Four Habits of Highly Effective Librarians.”1 By adapting bestselling author Steven R. Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Gilman equips academic library workers with strategies to improve their effectiveness in the workplace. Gilman’s habits are summarized below; visit his article on Chronicle Careers for more information.

    1. Openness.
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HR Practice

  • A Profession Worth Defending

    A Call for Advocacy!

    Librarians are the fierce defenders of the principles of intellectual freedom and access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity. We are the defenders of equitable service policies and users’ rights to privacy and confidentiality. Yet we have failed to defend ourselves. The fervor librarians exhibit for libraries and their collections, whether in print or electronic formats, is … Read the rest



  • Pay Gap Exists As Early As One Year out of College, Says New Research Report

    WASHINGTON—New research released today by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation shows that just one year out of college, women working full time already earn less than their male colleagues, even when they work in the same field. Ten years after graduation, the pay gap widens.

    In the report, Behind the Pay Gap, the AAUW Educational Foundation found that just one year after college graduation, women earn only 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Ten years … Read the rest


  • The Library Meets the Rest of the World: Who’s Getting Paid More?

    A Comparison of Library-Specific Positions and Non-Library-Specific Positions

    At the Earl K. Long Library at the University of New Orleans, a Canadian library associate recently needed to renew his visa. Considerable paperwork resulted, and one of the forms required comparing his salary with prevailing wages. This data would have been difficult to locate but for the 2006 ALA-APA Salary Survey—Non-MLS: Public and Academic. The library’s copy had just arrived, … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Can a Substitution Pool Keep HR from Diving off the Deep End?

    Libraries struggle to maintain a talented, committed workforce. When employee turnover is high, customer service suffers. High turnover also harms staff morale when workers are forced to work extra shifts as managers scramble to fill vacancies. When filling a position, the Human Resource department follows procedure outlined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: posting, application review, interview, background check, job offer, hiring committee meeting, orientation and placement. It is common for organizations to take between … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Congress Approves Minimum Wage Increase

    On May 25, 2007, President George W. Bush signed H.R. 2006, primarily authorizing increased and continued funding for the war in Iraq, but including a much-anticipated federal minimum wage increase from $5.15/hr to $7.25/hr. The bill, Making emergency supplemental appropriations and additional supplemental appropriations for agricultural and other emergency assistance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives 221-205 and in the Senate with an amendment by … Read the rest

  • The Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act (House Bill 158)

    The Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act (House Bill 158) has been introduced in the 2007 session of the Louisiana State Legislature. HB 158 guarantees salaries will be equal regardless of gender if a job requires “equal skill, effort, education and responsibility.”

    On May 17, the Louisiana House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee unanimously approved this bill, authored by Representative Willie Hunter, Jr. Working women in Louisiana suffer from one of the greatest wage disparities in the country, averaging only … Read the rest

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