Volume 5, No. 11 • November 2008

Spotlight

  • Talking About Politics in the Workplace

    [Editor’s Note: APAForum is a discussion list for librarians and other library workers to discuss issues of interest, including political issues and candidates. This list is open to ALA members and others. To subscribe to the APA Forum, visit http://lists.ala-apa.org/sympa/info/apaforum.]

    The 2008 presidential election demonstrated the great strides America has taken towards increasing opportunities for women and for people of color: an American First Lady ran for the Democratic nomination for President, an African American male … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

Career Advancement

  • Dining Etiquette: A Refresher Course

    [Editor’s Note: When you’re interviewing, celebrating, invited to a banquet or dining with friends and family, be aware of your table etiquette—you never know who’s watching. Someone influential’s impression of you could rise a few notches because you know which fork to use.]

    In your roles as librarians, you often find yourselves outside the confines of the library advocating on behalf of your institution. Speaking before academic vice presidents or city council, … Read the rest

  • AASL sponsors Panter, Patin in Emerging Leaders program

    CHICAGO—The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor Suzanna Panter and Beth Patin for the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

    Panter graduated in 2006 from Old Dominion University with an MA in Library Media K–12. She is currently Library Information Specialist at Dumbarton Elementary School in Henrico, Va. Her passion is the ELL students she serves. In her application she says, “I will use the connections I make during the Emerging Leaders Program to research how other libraries support … Read the rest

  • LLAMA Midwinter Institute in Denver Focuses on Improving Project Managers

    Learn how your projects can finish on time, under budget, at the level of quality you desire and with everyone involved still speaking by registering for the LLAMA Midwinter Institute “Mission Possible: Practical Project Management,” held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at the ALA midwinter meeting in Denver. Colo.

    Pat Wagner, co-founder and consultant for Pattern Research, will present ways for attendees to become more resourceful and effective at project management. Materials covered … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Can We Bargain—Amicably? A Primer on Interest-Based Bargaining

    When you consider the phrase “collective bargaining,” what comes to mind? Perhaps one pictures a large table, or perhaps four tables arranged to form a square. In either case, one probably imagines chairs on each side of the table and, in those chairs, management representatives on one side and employee representatives and the union negotiators on the other. They stare at each other as each side waits for the other to say something. Since bargaining protocol … Read the rest

Recruitment

  • Recruitment of Librarians Should Begin at a Young Age

    Two years ago, I realized the importance of early professional recruitment at an important ceremony: my grandson’s preschool graduation. During the ceremony we watched videotaped interviews in which my grandson and his fifty fellow preschoolers answered the age-old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Answers ranged from “cowboy” and “Spiderman” to teacher, doctor and (somewhat improbably) “paleontologist.” But not one child in fifty said, “I want to be a librarian.” Not one.… Read the rest

  • Applicants Sought For 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant

    Deadline: December 15, 2008

    Members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, July 9-15, 2009, in Chicago, IL.

    Want to read about the ALA experiences of last year’s winners? Take a look at the August 2008 issue of Footnotes at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/nmrt/news/footnotes/august2008/index.cfm. You will see how professionally rewarding attending an ALA conference can be.

    The application form and further … Read the rest

Salaries

Statistics

  • Library Employee Benefits 2003 and 2008: A Report From the 2008 Librarian Salary Survey

    Given the current economic downturn, one might assume that libraries are offering fewer benefits than they were five years ago. The results of the 2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic (Librarian Salary Survey) confirm this assumption, but also offer several surprises. The supplemental question in the 2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian was a five-year follow-up to the 2003 ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries on benefits provided to library staff (Lynch 2003). Twenty-one common benefits … Read the rest

  • Library Employee Benefits 2003 and 2008: A Report From the 2008 Librarian Salary Survey

    By Jenifer Grady

    Given the current economic downturn, one might assume that libraries are offering fewer benefits than they were five years ago. The results of the 2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic (Librarian Salary Survey) confirm this assumption, but also offer several surprises. The supplemental question in the 2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian was a five-year follow-up to the 2003 ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries on benefits provided to library staff (Lynch 2003). Twenty-one common benefits … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • First Steps Towards Career Ladders for Library Support Staff at Stony Brook University

    This article is based on a presentation given at the 39th Annual State University of New York Library Association (SUNYLA) Conference at SUNY Maritime, June 14, 2007.

    In 1998, cataloging paraprofessionals at the Stony Brook University Library requested upgrades based on a substantial increase in the scope and complexity of their responsibilities. Stony Brook’s paraprofessionals, together with their supervisors, argued that the library should reclassify positions to include newly required technical proficiency. During … Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Organize the Web: By Yourself or With Friends

    Web users are changing the way they save and organize their favorite web pages. The days of saving websites through web browsers are gone. Social bookmarking, a web 2.0 service, is allowing web users to access their web pages from any computer with an Internet connection. Before social bookmarking, web users relied on the Favorites feature, available through their web browsers. These favorites were only available on one computer. If the user used more than one computer, … Read the rest

  • Working America Announces Winners of My Bad Boss Contest

    Working America, community affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), announces the results of 2008’s My Bad Boss contest. Read the experiences of a young EMT forced to work in a duct-taped ambulance driven by the boss’ chemically dependent uncle; an office manager demoted because she couldn’t see the future; and a fast food manager fired because he closed shop early—to rescue his family from their burning house.

    http://www.workingamerica.org/badbossRead the rest

LW Tip