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A Great Boss: Interview with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, Certified Public Library Administrator(R) Program Graduate
Many libraries are tightening belts and conserving funds to preserve library services, and advanced librarian training often takes back seat to the quest for a sustainable budget. But professional development is even more important in lean economic times, according to Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. Hakala-Ausperk is Deputy Director of Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library in Cleveland Heights, OH, and recent Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) program graduate, and she insists that continued education and training are essential for the well-being … Read the rest
While all other city departments are being told to cut their budgets 5 percent, Evanston’s Library Board Monday night demanded an 11 percent spending increase.
The board voted to restore service at the north and south branch libraries from four days a week to five and made no cuts in staffing, except to convert a full-time job that’s been vacant for two years to a part-time position.
The vote on … Read the rest
For the second year in a row, the Mead Public Library could see reduced services and staff, as well as disqualify it for participation in the library system that allows it to share materials and services with other libraries in the region.
Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan last week proposed cutting $300,000, or 11 percent, from the $2,635,988 the Mead Public Library got last year. If Ryan’s budget is passed, three … Read the rest
It’s hardly news to library professionals that many state and local governments are laying off library employees in the face of massive budget deficits. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects “favorable” employment prospects for librarians (2010), but economic recovery is proving slow. Sadly, many more public, school and academic library employees may be laid off next year. So how does one prepare for a layoff? As library professionals, we love having a wealth of resources, so below … Read the rest
The Peer Perspective: Interview with Nancy Levin, Director of Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries
Under this issue’s Spotlight, Library Worklife features an interview with CPLA graduate Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. We turn now to Nancy Levin, Director of Heights Library and Hakala-Ausperk’s immediate supervisor. Levin shares her own impressions of the CPLA program, which she formed during Hakala-Ausperk’s CPLA studies.
LW: What are your impressions of Catherine’s involvement in the CPLA program?
NL: We benefitted from a number of activities that she created for homework. Specifically, we are using is a new way … Read the rest
Evil reigns when good men fail to act.
– Edmund Burke
Library literature abounds with advice on handling the difficult library patron (Willis, 1999; Sarkodie-Mensah, 2002; Schott, 2009). Holt and Holt (2005) even recommend retaining counsel and using legal language when writing policies to control patron behavior. And yet, customers may account for fifteen minutes of unpleasantness on an irregular basis; a dysfunctional employee, by contrast, may be an eight hour daily nightmare.
Yet … Read the rest
According to Diverse Issues in Education, African American male librarians represent less than .05 percent of all professional librarians (Rogers, 2008). This percentage accounts for approximately 572 librarians nationwide. A recent study published by librarian and scholar Kaetrena Davis-Kendrick indicates that the percentage of African American male librarians among African American librarians is still less than 10 percent (Davis-Kendrick, 2009). With such sparse representation, it is imperative that a formal network for African American male librarians be … Read the rest
Census statistics released September 16, 2010, show that the women still earn 77 percent of what men earn, based on the median earnings of full-time, year-round workers in 2009. Both men’s and women’s earnings showed slight increases from 2008 to 2009, with men’s at $47,127 and women’s at $36,278, a difference of $10,849.
Median earnings for most women of color are even lower. In 2009, the earnings of African American were $31,824, 67.5 percent of all men’s earnings (a slight … Read the rest