Volume 6, No. 2 • February 2009

whats bothering you


  • Romance in the Library, Part I: The Pros and Cons

    By John B. Harer

    In recognition that many celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, Library Worklife will publish the first of a two part discussion of office romances. Author John B. Harer discusses the pros and cons of romances in the library work place. Next month Library Worklife will feature his second article, which explores how some organizations are responding to office romances and also offers advice for employees in an office romance.


    While planning a publicity campaign for a … Read the rest

  • Micromanaging or Delegating: What You Believe Is All Important

    By Cynthia Kisby

    Library Worklife will be featuring articles throughout the year about various aspects of micromanaging.  It proved to be a popular topic.

    Once an employee has mastered a set of job duties, developed technical proficiency and demonstrated understanding of organizational policies and procedures, the next logical step on the career ladder is promotion to a supervisory position. Unfortunately, the abilities and characteristics that make an outstanding employee may not be the same ones that make an outstanding manager. … Read the rest


  • ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Winners Announced

    CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced the recipients of the 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award: The Moraine Valley Community College Library, Palos Hills, Ill.; the Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University, Roanoke, Va.; and the University of Minnesota Libraries–Twin Cities. Sponsored by ACRL and Blackwell’s Book Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission … Read the rest

  • ALA Releases Tough Economy Toolkit

    CHICAGO – A new, Web-based resource has just been released that will help library advocates make the case for libraries during times of economic downturn. The “Advocating in a Tough Economy” toolkit is available at http://www.ala.org/tougheconomytoolkit.

    “With city, county, state and federal budgets under increasing pressure, we need to be making the case for libraries more than ever,” said Keith Michael Fiels, ALA executive director. “All too often, libraries are the first to receive budget cuts. Funders need to … Read the rest

  • Gloriana St. Clair Named ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

    CHICAGO – Gloriana St. Clair, dean of university libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, is the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

    St. Clair will receive a $5,000 award on Thursday, March 12, at the opening keynote session of the ACRL 14th National Conference … Read the rest

  • Proposed State Aid Cuts Could Put St. Paul’s Police, Fire, Library and Rec Center Budgets on the Block

    Though budget reductions on St. Paul libraries have resulted in a freeze on wages, hiring and retirement incentives, Mayor Chris Coleman is fighting to avoid layoffs.

    Coleman will discuss the budget with the municipal employees union. Unless the union is willing to compromise its terms, said Coleman, layoffs might be inevitable.

    “I’m not saying we’re not going to get through this with no layoffs. That’s not true,” said … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • AASL Announces Travel Grants For First-Time National Conference Attendees

    CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 14th National Conference & Exhibition in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 5–8, 2009.

    The grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books. Those interested in applying can download the application on the National Conference pages at http://www.ala.org/aasl/charlotte. The deadline for applications will be March 2, 2009.

    “At Bound To Stay Bound we recognize the value of the … Read the rest


  • PLA Offers Marketing Workshop for Public Librarians

    CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering public librarians an opportunity to learn practical skills and knowledge that will help them better market their libraries’ programs and services.

    The Marketing workshop, taught by Wayne Piper, is scheduled for April 21–22 in Kansas City, Mo., and features an intensive, small group environment. Participants will learn how to draft, implement and measure an effective marketing plan that aligns with their library’s strategic goals.

    Marketing, taught by Wayne Piper, is sponsored … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Librarianship in Southeast Asia

    By Raphael Jackson

    Though education and teaching is widely respected outside of the United States, it comes to the surprise of many international students and professionals alike that “you need a degree to shelve books.” In North America the image of librarianship is undergoing metamorphosis from the archaic portrayals of book custodians. Around the world this stereotype is also changing, albeit a bit slower. Through recent professional opportunities in Southeast Asia, I’ve had the chance to discuss librarianship with library … Read the rest


  • A New Set of Job Interview No-no’s

    By Sian Brannon

    Having recently conducted an onslaught of interviews to fill open positions at my library, I am constantly surprised at the things people say and do while trying for a new job. There are so many books, newspapers articles and helpful blogs are out there for library job-seekers to use, I thought the interview process would be a bit boring because most people would be neatly groomed, well-prepared and polite. Boy, was I wrong.

    No-no #1: Your junk.

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  • The Non-Negotiated Salary Increase

    By Tinker Massey

    When is a salary increase not negotiable? Many people work in environments that provide a specific time of year to negotiate pay increases. They usually fall around evaluation time, but I have known them to be whenever monies become available for the year. At those times, you can plead your case for how important your work has been, what the results of your work have been, why they couldn’t do without you and what you will do … Read the rest


  • Libraries nationwide receiving ALA-APA Library Salary Survey Invitation

    CHICAGO – Library directors and human Resources staff, check your mail.  Almost 4,000 public and academic libraries are being asked to participate in the 2009 ALA-APA Library Salary Survey.  This year, the survey asks for salary data for six librarian titles.  The deadline is Friday, Feb. 27, 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 logo.

    In order to … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Community and Junior College Libraries Section: ACRL Should Approve, Sponsor LSSCP

    The following resolution passed unanimously by the Executive Committee of the Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). CJCLS forwarded the resolution to the ACRL Board on January 24th, 2009.

    Whereas the ACRL/CJCLS Section has long supported educational opportunities for library support staff members through its activities to facilities to facilitate LTA programs and in other ways; and

    Whereas the proposed national, voluntary ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP) would

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HR Law

  • President Obama Signs Ledbetter Bill

    Restored Law Marks Key Moment for Civil Rights

    Washington, DC – President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law today, reversing the Supreme Court’s 5–4 ruling in 2007 and restoring the ability of victims of wage discrimination to hold their employers accountable for injustice and challenge the practice in court.

    “This is truly a monumental achievement for women—and all workers. The Supreme Court stripped workers of their ability to fight wage discrimination but now a new President … Read the rest