Volume 5, No. 9 • September 2008


  • The Joys and Challenges of a Differently-Abled Librarian

    [Editor’s note: Michael’s is the second 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 Web site and ASCLA Tipsheets on accessibility issues.]

    Imagine that a public library offers a librarian a full-time position. This … Read the rest


  • Library Administration And Management Association (LAMA) Fund Raising Scholarship Winner Announced

    CHICAGO – The Fund Raising and Financial Development Section (FRFDS) of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) has named Susan E. Thomas, head of Collection Development, Indiana University South Bend, the winner for the 2008 Diana V. Braddom Scholarship.

    Thomas will receive $1,000 to attend the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, where she will learn skills that will enable her to increase funding for her library from public, private and corporate sources.

    In her winning application essay, she wrote, “Attending … Read the rest

  • School and Academic Librarian Nominations Open for Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

    Nominations for librarians in schools, colleges, community colleges and universities begin today for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

    Administered by the American Library Association’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, the award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

    Nominations for school and academic librarians continue through October 15. Nominations for public librarians opened on August … Read the rest

  • Library Hikes Books Budget

    The Allen County Public Library will cut staff to increase spending on books and other materials. “The point of the library is to have resources,” said library director Jeff Krull.

    The biggest measure has been the near hiring freeze the library has been under since March. Krull said in that time the equivalent of 16.4 full-time positions have been eliminated after they were vacated for retirement or other reasons. … Read the rest

  • Deficit May Lead To Layoffs At Library

    Jackson-Madison County Library administrators are “very certain” that they will lay off employees to make up for an operating deficit, says Steve Coffman, a Library Systems’ vice president for public library operations.

    Library managers do not want to shrink the library’s services, new materials or the East Lafayette Street and North Highland Avenue branch’s operating hours to make up for the deficit, said Steve Coffman, a Library Systems’ vice president … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Skills for the 21st Century Library Workforce

    “Librarian 2.0. Librarian to deliver techno-savvy reference to an educated, enlightened resort community in SW Colorado. Must have MLS, strong general reference skills, and be an enthusiastic team player. Interest in blogging, RSS, wikis and IM reference essential. Strong Spanish skills a plus.”

    Ask most people what they think library staff do all day, and the typical response is “read books.” In reality nothing could be further from the truth. Behind the scenes, library workers have always … Read the rest

  • Registration Open for YALSA’s Fall Online Courses

    CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), opened registration for three online courses this fall: “Making the Match: The Right Book with the Right Teen at the Right Time” (Teri Lesesne); “New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens” (Linda Braun); and “Pain in the Brain” (Beth Gallaway).

    “Making the Match” and “New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens” meet for six weeks. “Pain the Brain” meets for four weeks. Courses … Read the rest

  • ALA Brings Advocacy Presence to REFORMA National Conference

    CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) will host an advocacy program at The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA) 3rd National Conference, Sept. 18 – 21 in El Paso, Texas.

    ALA’s Advocacy Institute, entitled “Making our Voices Heard,” will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18. The workshop will offer advocacy essentials such as message development and coalition building and offers a valuable opportunity to network and … Read the rest

  • ALA President Announces ALA Connections Salon

    In an effort to provide opportunities for ALA members to connect with and learn from one another, ALA President Jim Rettig is creating “The ALA Connections Salon.”

    Like European discussion salons, the ALA Connections Salon will provide an online environment for members to participate in formal and informal discussions centered on a specific topic. The salons will take place on OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries; www.opal-online.org), a user-friendly site offering online rooms where participants can interact via voice-over-IP, … Read the rest


  • Certified Public Library Administrator Program Graduates Two Librarians, Adds Eight New Candidates, Seven Course Renewals

    CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to two CPLA® candidates.  In addition, the committee approved 8 new candidates and renewed seven program courses in its first Fall 2008 review. CPLA® now has nine graduates and 112 candidates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation.

    The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience and ALA-accredited … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • The Systematic Tourniquet: A Review of The Quality Library

    Do not be misled by the hokey cover of The Quality Library, on which a gigantic thumbs-up bursts through a bookshelf like a certain anthropomorphized and overly-excited pitcher of fruit punch burst through walls in TV commercials during the 1980s. The book, co-authored by Sara Laughlin and Ray W. Wilson, presents a serious and systematic approach to revitalizing libraries. Disciples of W. Edwards Deming, Laughlin and Wilson espouse an immensely practical method of coping with budget-cuts, … Read the rest

  • Staff Recognition at The University of Iowa Libraries: The Beginning of a Formal Program

    The recognition and motivation of employees is should be a priority of every institution. Yet the University of Iowa Libraries struggled to organize and fund staff recognition for its 178 full-time professional and paraprofessional employees. An additional challenge was posed by the distribution of staff among eleven campus libraries. But a survey of staff preferences, coupled with a committed task force and a supportive administration, enabled UI’s library system to develop a formal recognition program for … Read the rest


  • How a Librarians’ Guild Maneuvered a Win for Salary Increases

    Roy Stone is president of the Librarians’ Guild at the Los Angeles Public Library System and affiliated with the library workers union, AFSCME. The Guild represents about 350 librarians who work for the city. The following is part of a speech presented by Mr. Stone at the SirisDynix – ALA-APA Networking Breakfast during the recent ALA conference in Anaheim, California. For more information, Mr. Stone’s email is rstone@lapl.org.

    As many of you know, there are attacks … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Paraprofessional of the Year Deadline January 19, 2009

    Library Journal will honor one support staffer with its tenth annual Paraprofessional of the Year award in its March 1, 2009, issue. Sponsored by Brodart Library Supplies & Furnishings, which underwrites the $1500 cash prize and a reception to honor the winner at the American Library Association conference in June, the award recognizes the essential role of paraprofessionals, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service. It places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner … Read the rest


  • Cubicle Etiquette, Or How to Survive Life in a Cube

    Funny how some of the same people who so often want us to think outside the box see no irony in forcing us to work within one. Yet—believe it or not—cubicles were initially developed to enhance employee productivity, not frustrate it. First marketed in 1968 as the “Action Office” by Herman Miller—an office furniture company based in Zeeland, Michigan—cubicles were meant to give employees more privacy than the open bullpen offices common in the first half of … Read the rest

HR Law