Volume 8, No. 1 • January 2011


  • It’s Been A Hard Day’s Search: Unemployment Frustrations

    When I graduated with my Masters in Library and Information Science on May 8, 2010, I assumed that within a few months I would be seeking out information for library patrons. Yet my current research specialty is seeking library employment postings.

    My Library Science education informed me of all of the most popular librarian job banks, such as ALA JobLIST, libgig.com and each state’s library association website. After hours of jumping from one site to another, … Read the rest


  • Camden library employees are told their jobs are being eliminated

    CAMDEN — The 19 people who work at Camden’s two remaining libraries face layoffs as the Camden County government prepares to take over.

    The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill and The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that layoff notices were sent out Wednesday.

    In August, officials said the city’s subsidy for its libraries had shrunk so much that the system could not survive.

    One of the three libraries in the city was shuttered.

    Now, the … Read the rest

  • Economy doesn’t stop hefty city pay raises

    For the past two years, while public employees elsewhere have struggled to maintain the level of their paychecks – or even hold on to them altogether – hundreds of city workers in Tacoma have enjoyed significant boosts in pay.

    After five years of a process to overhaul its pay structure, the city is now trying to wrap up a wave of what officials describe as market-correcting pay raises for … Read the rest

  • President Obama Signs Reed’s Libraries and Museums Bill Into Law

    WASHINGTON, DC – Late last night President Obama signed into law Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) bill to strengthen library and museum services across the nation. The Museum and Library Services Act of 2010 authorizes nearly $300 million in federal assistance to museums and libraries nationwide. The bill provides funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a vital agency that helps museums and libraries of all sizes and types meet the needs … Read the rest

Career Advancement


  • Preparing for the Future: Interview with Barb Brattin, Certified Public Library Administrator Program Graduate

    While many library administrators are struggling to find funding to maintain basic services, Barb Brattin is enjoying a rarity: a high per capita spending budget. As the director of Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, Colorado, a small, well-funded ski resort town, Brattin has the freedom to explore new ways to engage her community and advance the library.

    But even bounty presents challenges. Faced with need to best utilize the budget by serving her highly affluent patrons in … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Going Postal in the Library: Anger Management in the Library Workplace

    Since 1986, there have been seven major incidents of violence involving postal workers in postal facilities. This violence has resulted in over 35 deaths and a new expression: “going postal” is now shorthand for explosive anger in the workplace. In a recent Gallup poll, at least 20 percent of the respondents reported that they been angry enough to want to hurt a co-worker within the previous six months (“Managing and Coping,” 2005). And workplace violence has … Read the rest