Volume 5, No. 10 • October 2008

Spotlight

  • Accessibility: It’s About Everyone (rev.)

    Alternative formats are available upon request to eperlow@hotmail.com.

    [Editor’s note:  Ellen’s is the third of a 3-part series featuring members of the American Library Association’s Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) who are sensitive to the special access needs that can impact work in libraries.  For information about being a member of and/or providing service to populations with special needs, see the ASCLA website and ASCLA Tipsheets on accessibility issues.]

    It is … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

  • Perspective: Gender Wage Gap Affects Wyoming Workers

    On Sept. 7, Tom Mast’s “Two Bits Worth” (see below) argued that Wyoming’s wage gap between men and women, the largest in the nation, “may not be the gross injustice it appears to be.”

    Wyoming’s women who work full-time year-round are paid 39.3 percent less than their male counterparts (compared with a 23 percent wage gap nationally). When part-time work and workers are included in the comparison, the wage gap increases … Read the rest

  • Why Do Women Earn Less?

    The gap between what men and women earn is wider in Wyoming than elsewhere in the nation.

    But that may not be the gross injustice it appears to be.

    As reported last week, median earnings for women were $28,540 in 2007, compared to $45,310 for men.

    Now it’s one thing if the disparity were a result of blatant discrimination against women. But as Wenlin Liu, senior economist for the state Economic … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Call for Certification, Publishing, Fundraising and Better Salaries Committee Volunteers

    American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President-elect Camila Alire is seeking applications and nominations for appointments to 2009-2010 ALA Allied Professional Association committees. Appointments take effect at the conclusion of the 2009 Annual Conference.

    Ms. Alire will fill slots on the following committees:  Certification Program, CPLA Certification Review, Promotion and Fundraising, Publishing, and Salaries and Status of Library Workers (see charges below).

    All applicants must complete and submit the electronic 2009-2010 ALA-APA Committee Volunteer Form.  The form is available at:  … Read the rest

  • YALSA Offers $34,000 in Grants for Conference, Research and More

    CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will offer more than $34,000 worth of grants and awards to YALSA members. YALSA members can use the awards to attend ALA Annual Conference for the first time, start a research program, add to their library’s collection and much more.

    “These grants are available to help and reward members, and I hope every member will consider applying,” said YALSA President Sarah Cornish Debraski. … Read the rest

  • Dear Librarian,

    ALA-APA Wants You to Know About Employee Learning Week, December 8-12, 2008!

    What is Employee Learning Week?

    The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) is presenting Employee Learning Week 2008 to libraries across the United States.

    Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign designed to draw attention to the value of learning and professional development. It is an opportunity for libraries to communicate with staff and patrons about the importance of increasing their knowledge and building their skills to … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • The Difference Between Being a Leader and a Boss

    After earning my business degree in human resource management, I got my first “real” job in HR working with a recruiting firm. I worked hard and mostly kept my head down, trying to do my very best. I made a few mistakes, as any newbie would, but I did a pretty good job. The owner and the team I worked with were supportive and set a good example; they were good leaders. It was a small firm, … Read the rest

Recruitment

  • New Loan Forgiveness Legislation Helps Librarians Reduce Student Loan Expenses

    ALA is pleased to announce that, before leaving for the August recess, Congress passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137). The President signed the bill into law August 14, 2008.

    The bill extends current law Perkins loan forgiveness to additional categories of borrowers who meet eligibility criteria and work as librarians, prekindergarten or child care workers, full-time faculty at tribal colleges or universities, and speech and language therapists.

    Specifically, the language includes service as a librarian with a master’s … Read the rest

Salaries

  • $5,000 Award Offered for Improving Library Workers’ Salaries, Status

    The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is seeking nominees for a $5,000 award, courtesy of the SirsiDynix Corp.

    Nominees will include individuals and organizations that have made a positive change in the salaries or status of librarians and/or support staff. The Award Jury is looking forward to receiving the stories of champions that have had a local, regional or national impact.

    Each candidate must have three nominations, using the electronic application form at www.ala-apa.org/?page_id=150. The deadline is Friday, … Read the rest

  • Inflation Outpaces Salaries, Say Academic Librarians; Private Academic Librarians More Likely to Feel Pinch, According to Survey

    In its recent publication, The Survey of Academic Libraries 2008-09 Edition, Primary Research Group presents findings about trends in staffing and salaries. Data was collected from 75 college libraries in the United States and Canada.

    According to the survey, 22.5 percent of respondents believe that librarians’ salaries have been going up faster than the rate of inflation. More than 34 percent, on the other hand, believe that their salaries in the past year had gone down in real terms.  Librarians … Read the rest

Statistics

  • Many Academic and Public Librarian Positions Face Wage Decline; Inflation Erodes Salary Gains for Many Others

    Results of the 2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic (Librarian Salary Survey) indicate that real salary gains of recent years might be endangered by rising inflation. According to the surveys, the mean salary of librarians did not outpace inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

    According to the 2008 Librarian Salary Survey, the mean librarian salary rose to $58,960, an increase of $1,151 from 2007. Significantly, this increase of 2.0 percent was half … Read the rest

  • Many Academic and Public Librarian Positions Face Wage Decline; Inflation Erodes Salary Gains for Many Others

    By Jamie Bragg

    Results of the 2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic (Librarian Salary Survey) indicate that real salary gains of recent years might be endangered by rising inflation. According to the surveys, the mean salary of librarians did not outpace inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

    According to the 2008 Librarian Salary Survey, the mean librarian salary rose to $58,960, an increase of $1,151 from 2007. Significantly, this increase of 2.0 … Read the rest

Work/Life

HR Law

  • Bush Signs New ADA Legislation; New Federal Rules on Access for the Disabled Also Pending

    By Christine Martin

    On September 25, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008, a bill that enjoyed wide support from both employer groups and advocates for the disabled. Both groups said the legislation was needed to counter a series of federal court decisions that interpreted the original 1990 ADA too narrowly. But the new legislation appears to address only employment-related ADA issues.

    The proposed revisions to the ADA regulations were issued in two sets … Read the rest