Volume 7, No. 9 • September 2010



  • Cuts in library funding continue

    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed a $28 billion state budget this summer that cut aid to public libraries by 9 percent for 2011. This comes after the 21 percent state funding cut in 2010.

    Dee Neff, director of the Annville Free Library, said this is the first year they’ve had to cut their collection budget — and they cut it by half. “We didn’t want to cut hours and … Read the rest

  • Staatsburg, Hyde Park vote today on library budgets

    STAATSBURG – A 13.7 percent tax-rate increase proposed to residents of Staatsburg, New York, would help fund modest salary increases for library staff and higher heating costs, insurance costs and delivery fees for library materials assessed by the Mid-Hudson Library System.

    This increase is needed largely to begin paying back the borrowing approved by voters last year to fund expansion of the library building. Construction is under way on the … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • We Taught Ourselves to Teach

    How does one learn to teach? Many teachers are simply thrown onto the deck of the ship and expected to guide that ship through rough traits during fair and foul weather. Once that teacher is able to steer the ‘ship’, how do they go about improving the quality of the voyage? Who helps them navigate the ups and downs in a classroom?

    For fourteen weeks during the spring of 2009, two librarians at Wake Forest University’s Z. … Read the rest


  • Exciting news about the Library Support Staff Certification Program

    The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program had an active and productive year and has exciting plans, with a new three-year grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    LSSC began accepting applications from certification candidates on January 25, 2010. Between then and August 8, 2010, 105 candidates have applied to be candidates. Admission criteria are a high school diploma or equivalent and one year of full-time volunteer or paid work in … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Successful Succession Planning in Libraries: Building Bench Strength

    Like any other successful organization, a successful library needs a continuous inflow of great people to mitigate the loss of skilled and talented human resources who leave the organization regardless of the reason. Yet many libraries recognize the importance of succession planning only when they must replace a highly skilled senior employee. It is in a library’s best interests to plan in advance for potential successions, looking to outside talent as well as to internal candidates. Through … Read the rest


  • Survey: Over Half of North American Academic Libraries Saw Salary, Benefit Declines

    Research and Markets has announced the addition of “The Survey of Academic Libraries, 2010-11 Edition” report to their offering.

    The report presents more than 245 pages of data and commentary on a broad range of academic library issues including: spending on books, ebooks, journals, databases and other content vehicles; hiring plans and trends in salaries and benefits; subject specific and overall academic library investment plans in content and trends in the capital budget; data on the use of laptops in … Read the rest


  • Librarian salaries jump 3 percent in 2010, Survey reports mean librarian salary $60,734, median $55,883 in 2010

    CHICAGO – In the midst of tough economic times, job shortages and cutbacks, the 2010 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic revealed average increases across all six position types, ranging from two percent for managers of support staff to 13 percent for directors of public and academic libraries. More than 580 library directors and human resources staff reported more than 11,000 salaries, giving this year’s survey a remarkable 35 percent response rate. The data are … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Library Support Staff Certification Program – An Introductory Webinar: September 16

    Learn about the new Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC) from ALA.  Understand its value to LSS, their employers, and for library users. Hear a summary of the nuts and bolts of the program and have all of your questions answered by program staff members.

    Title: Library Support Staff Certification Program – An Introduction
    Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
    Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.… Read the rest


  • Oversharing Over Social Media?

    TMI in the workplace isn’t limited to graphic descriptions of recent surgeries, or sordid details of colleagues’ sex lives; oversharing can be as innocuous as an overly-detailed auto-reply that announces your child’s first day of school, argues Michelle Goodman. In her September 10 article “The perils of on-the-job oversharing,” Goodman explores what can happen when workers overshare personal details of their life online. Among her tips: all-staff emails should be concise and professional, with chirpier … Read the rest