Volume 4, No. 7 • July 2007


  • Personal Branding

    Taking Control of How the World Frames You

    O wad some power the giftie gie us
    To see oursels as others see us!
    —Robert Burns

    How do others see us? Even in 1786, Scottish poet Robert Burns understood that the world “sees us” within a certain frame—a frame that more than 200 years later we might call a personal brand.

    What’s a personal brand? In the marketing world, a brand is the collective … Read the rest

  • SirsiDynix—ALA-APA Award Winners Lauded for “Taming Horses” (Raising Salaries) at Networking Breakfast

    Those who gathered on Sunday morning were treated to more than a fine breakfast—they were inspired by library managers who worked tirelessly to raise the salaries of their employees in sometimes challenging times. The winners of the 2007 SirsiDynix-ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status of Library Workers were:

    • Alachua County Library District (Fla.), represented by Director Sol Hirsch
    • Connie Vinita Dowell (San Diego State University) and
    • Theresa McMahan (Sullivan County Library System, Tenn.)

    Hirsch is credited … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • Taking a Paraprofessional Position with an MLS

    Savvy Career Move or Kiss of Death?

    This article is reprinted with permission from LISCareer.com, November 2004.

    What would you do in this situation? You have just received an MLS with the goal of quickly obtaining a librarian position after graduation. However, a wide range of circumstances could prevent this from happening. For example, the market for librarians could be very limited and you might not have the flexibility to relocate. In … Read the rest


  • ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrator Program Has 76 Candidates and 34 Courses Now

    At the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, the Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved six candidates and two program courses. The candidates are public librarians from Florida, Kansas, Illinois and Oregon. The new courses in Service to Diverse Communities and Management of Technology will be offered online by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, 16 candidates who have taken courses since Spring submitted … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Can Diversity Be Achieved in Student Staffing … and Does It Matter?

    An academic library may have few students from which to choose, and the necessity of keeping the circulation desk staffed overrides the desire to choose diverse candidates for the position. But careful planning will allow an academic library to achieve a diverse student staff.

    Before attempting to hire diverse workers, explore the definition of diversity. How am I different from you? How are students different from permanent library staff? Answer these questions through the following lenses to … Read the rest

  • If I Were in Charge!

    Fourteen Tips for Improving Management and Leadership

    “If I were in charge, things would be different.” Easier said than done. The immediate supervisor is blamed for delivering an order that was mandated by higher management. Directors are criticized for policies over which they have no control. When employees are unhappy, they blame the boss.

    When we transition to library administration we realize that employees have some control over us because they have the opportunity to formally or … Read the rest

  • Working in a Library with Union Employees Governed by Civil Service Regulations

    Working with unionized employees governed by civil service regulations poses both opportunities and obstacles. I am currently an administrator, but my time as a union employee and unit president certainly provided me with a unique perspective on both contract matters and civil service. My 30 years of experience in New York State involved both city and county governments.

    It was impossible to reward exceptional employees when dealing with a union. Additionally, civil service regulations restrict the ability … Read the rest


  • Recruiting Tips to Attract Top Talent

    Unless your library is in a small isolated community, you are competing with other employers every time you advertise a job opening for your library.  And for professional positions, you are competing against other communities and institutions.

    A review of typical job announcements for libraries (and other bureaucratic organizations) usually reveals a dull recitation of job duties and little, if any, attempt to attract a reader’s attention or to entice potential applicants.

    In today’s … Read the rest


  • Library Support Staff Salaries

    Public vs. Technical Services

    By Sandy Brooks, MLS

    The ALA-APA Non-MLS Salary Survey is a wealth of information about non-MLS library salaries in the U.S. The 2006 edition represents the first time this survey was distributed.

    Job Titles

    I used the data in this survey to look at the differences in salaries between traditional Public Services jobs and Technical Services jobs. The survey asked for salary information on 62 different job titles, none of which require an MLS (although staff … Read the rest


HR Law

  • Pay Discrimination Ruling a Victory for Employers, but Democrats Promise Legislative Fix for Workers

    On June 27, the Democratically-controlled U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor voted 25-20 to send to the full House legislation that would reverse the Court’s decision in Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.  In that May 29th decision, the Court ruled 5-4 that pay discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are subject to the same 180-day statute of limitations that applies to other employment decisions covered … Read the rest

  • The State of Poverty

    12 Ways to Lead the Change

    What can you and your library do to assist low-income and vulnerable groups?

    The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law has compiled a list of twelve “opportunities for action that all antipoverty advocates can take on both the federal and state levels in 2007.”

    The organization has produced an agenda with background and direction for the following actions:

    1. Strengthen the Legal Foundation for Civil
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