Volume 5, No. 2 • February 2008

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  • “How Would You Represent ALA-APA As President In 2009–2010 And Beyond?”

    Elections will be held in the spring! The candidates for ALA President are Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins (CO), and J. Linda Williams, coordinator of library media services for Anne Arundel County public schools in Annapolis (MD). As the victor will also serve as ALA-APA President, the candidates were asked, “How would you would represent ALA-APA as President in 2009-2010 and beyond?” Here are their responses.

    Linda Williams

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Career Advancement

  • When Is A Second Job The Right Career Move?

    As libraries face increasing pressure to provide more services with fewer resources, libraries increasingly use part-time positions to cover required hours. There are many reasons to consider taking a second job, from becoming a parent to pursuing a degree, but working a second job can put tremendous pressure on relationships, study and free time. It can interfere with vacations, increase stress and contribute to job burnout. However, a second job can enhance an employee’s skill set, … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    Understanding and Conducting the Exit Interview From The Employer’s Perspective – A Case for the Future

    Part I

    Many HR professionals and employers view the exit interview with the same dread as they do the performance interview and handling corrective action. The interview, conducted with an employee in the final days of his/her service, examines the reasons for departure; such a conversation can easily become emotionally loaded and even destructive to both employer and employee. But … Read the rest


  • Assessing Workplace Fit Not an Easy Task

    Reprinted with permission from the Management Association of Illinois’s Web site, www.hrsource.org. The article was posted on February 7, 2008.

    The word “fit” is used frequently in the field of human resource management. For example, when interviewing candidates, certain questions are used to determine if the candidate will fit the organization’s culture. Or, current employees who are experiencing difficulties getting along with the team are often deemed to … Read the rest


  • The Basics of Position Review, or How Your Job Description Affects Your Pay

    Classification schemes are employment systems that classify positions into a hierarchy with corresponding pay levels. If you are in a classified position, a Human Resources professional has analyzed the set of responsibilities and the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of your position and “classified” the position within a job series. As libraries adapt to an increasingly fluid environment, classified position responsibilities can change within a matter of weeks or months. The … Read the rest

  • Brian Keith and Camilla B. Reid named winners of the 2007–2008 Sirsi-Dynix–ALA-APA Award for Improving Salaries

    CHICAGO ‑ The ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA‑APA) is pleased to announce that Brian Keith, Library Human Resources Officer at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries, and Camilla B. Reid, Associate Director of the Augusta State University Reese Library, are the winners of the fourth annual SirsiDynix–ALA&-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers.

    The award is given to an individual, group of individuals or institution that have made an … Read the rest

  • Libraries nationwide receiving ALA-APA Library Salary Survey

    CHICAGO – Library directors and human Resources staff, check your mail.  Almost 4,000 public and academic libraries are being asked to participate in the 2008 ALA-APA Library Salary Survey.  This year, the survey asks for salary data for six librarian titles.  The deadline is Friday, Feb. 29, for completing the web-based survey.  Survey letters with instructions are addressed to the attention of the library director or human resources manager and are in envelopes with the ALA-APA logo.  The survey website … Read the rest


  • The Black Experience In Library School:

    A Survey of Encounters With Racism Among African American Library School Students, 1990-2007

    In this preliminary report, Toccara Porter provides an exciting overview of responses to her 2007 survey. The report discusses responses by school and by region, and it also considers the roles of minority recruitment, mentorship and membership in ethnic caucuses in combating racism in Library and Information Science programs. Please consider that this report provides preliminary data only; a full report will be published … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Crossing the Border: NAFTA Visas for Information Professionals

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994 to facilitate trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico. Its provisions remove tariffs and trade barriers for many manufactured goods produced and sold in member countries. In addition, the pact includes agreements relating to cross-border investments, intellectual property law and labor regulations. The latter category is relevant for librarians and information professionals who wish to work in NAFTA countries.

    This article draws on my own … Read the rest

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