Volume 7, No. 12 • December 2010


  • Spotlight on ALA Presidential Candidate Sue Stroyan

    How Would You Represent ALA-APA in 2012-2013 and Beyond?

    I would represent ALA-APA with unabashed enthusiasm and determination. I would like to see the ALA-APA organization stance as a 501(c) 6 used to advocate for the importance of library work and for library workers’ salaries and benefits in a more assertive way. We are a well educated profession with low compensation. ALA cannot lobby for library salaries. ALA-APA can. I want to do everything that I can to help ALA-APA … Read the rest

  • Spotlight on ALA Presidential Candidate Maureen Sullivan

    How Would You Represent ALA-APA in 2012-2013 and Beyond?

    The work of ALA-APA is vital to the future of libraries and to the future of all who work in them. It will be a special privilege for me to represent ALA-APA. My career in librarianship has focused on the human resource and leadership issues that are core to the purpose and role of ALA-APA. I also have had numerous opportunities to inform and educate library managers and administrators about these … Read the rest


  • You’re Invited to the I Love My Librarian 2010 Award!

    Please join The New York Times, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Library Association, librarians, friends and New York Times columnist Gail Collins in celebration of the 10 winners of the 2010 I Love My Librarian Award.

    When: December 9, 2010, 6-8 p.m.

    Where: The New York Times
    620 Eighth Avenue, 15th Floor
    New York City

    Details:  Honoring the 10 winners of the 2010 I Love My Librarian Award.

    Presenting will be Vartan Gregorian, president of … Read the rest

  • Des Moines libraries asked to consider volunteers

    Evening and weekend hours at the Des Moines Public Library were cut recently to help trim $535,000 from the library budget. The system’s two branches, separated by roughly two miles, now share a manager and staff.

    The Des Moines City Council has asked the city’s public library officials to study whether volunteer help could help restore hours that were cut at the Forest Avenue and North Side branches.

    Mayor Frank … Read the rest

  • Main Flint library to close Mondays

    To make up a $180,000 shortfall, the Flint Public Library has instituted 30 percent staff reduction, furlough days and employee benefit contributions.

    The library, which employs about 50 full-time staff members, is also cutting one of its operating days.

    Although voters this year agreed to renew the library’s 0.9-mill operating tax and a 0.5-mill increase – that additional funding won’t be collected until July 2012. The library also is funded through … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Patrons: Across the Desk and Across the Board

    Whether a librarian works in a medical, public, special, law or academic library, the librarian’s role is the same: to provide unbiased access of information to a population. Another constant: the patron.

    I myself have worked in an academic library and a public library that were only an hour apart. For this reason, many patrons visited both libraries. And it’s become clear to me that person is still the same individual whether they are placed within a … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Ten Things a Good Boss Knows

    Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article previously appeared in the Illinois Library Association’s newsletter,
    ILA Reporter.

    Once in a great while, if we’re lucky, we have time to lift our heads from the zillions of things that are competing for our time and attention RIGHT NOW, persistent and exhausting as 3 year olds, and actually think beyond the present moment to some of the larger issues in our libraries. Such … Read the rest



  • Rising Number of Librarians Covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements

    A Report from the 2010 Librarian Salary Survey supplemental questions

    In addition to compensation data it offers in every Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic, ALA-APA also collects and publishes supplemental data on different topics. The 2010 survey provides data on the number of library employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements. The survey finds that, compared to coverage in 1997 and 2005, the number of librarians covered by collective bargaining agreements is on … Read the rest

HR Law

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