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Through focus groups, Oregon State University’s Childcare & Family Resource office discovered that students with children were inadvertently excluded from using the library during peak times because they had no place to take their children. The majority of undergraduate study and work group sessions occur during evenings or on weekends. Traditional childcare centers are not open at these times, and when they are open they are often cost-prohibitive. As a result, students with … Read the rest
The Fairview Heights Public Library might lift its two-year wage freeze to raise the salaries of two non-union library employees, the library director and a part-time book shelver. Under the current proposal, the Fairview Heights library director would receive a 3 percent raise, and the shelver’s hourly pay will increase from $8.89 to $9.16.
Union employees, including library managers, will not receive pay raises until the union has renegotiated its … Read the rest
The Laramie County Library System balanced its budget by using money from its operations and maintenance fund. The library system’s 2012 budget increased by $151,542 over last year’s budgeted expenses; that increase includes a 2 percent raise in salary for all system employees and the filling of three previously vacant part-time positions.
Librarian Lucie Osborn notes that the system “wanted to do something for our employees, especially because they had … Read the rest
In its 2011-2012 budget, the Prosser, Washington, school district reassigns three of the district’s five school librarians to teaching positions. The one vacant school librarian position will be frozen, and the fifth librarian will become a district librarian who will administer all five Prosser schools libraries. The decision has proven controversial: thirty teachers, parents and librarians attended a public hearing and asked the board to postpone the decision to … Read the rest
CHICAGO - The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced a line-up of interactive webinars designed to meet the needs of middle managers. The 60-90 minute programs feature library consultant Dr. Julie Todaro. The next webinar is August 17.
“In response to huge changes in today’s workplaces, managers are identifying practices and processes that can help design and redesign workplaces to better meet tomorrow’s needs,” said Dr. Todaro. These short webinars explore: how individuals and groups are led within organizations; … Read the rest
Begin With The Customer: A Summary of ALA-APA’s Annual Conference Program “MBA for Librarians: Marketing”
Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a series in which Howerton summarizes one of the ALA-APA Programs for the People offered to conference attendees at the ALA Annual Conference 2011 held in New Orleans.
Looking to better publicize your library’s facility and services? From 8-10AM on Saturday, June 25, Ernest and Susan DiMattia presented basic definitions for those new to marketing, as well as excellent advice on the “art and science” of selecting and implementing … Read the rest
Join us on a short webinar about the Certified Public Library Administrator Program on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, from 2:00 – 2:30 pm CST. This 30-minute introduction to CPLA will help public librarians determine whether national certification should be part of their future – https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/661827744. Learn the logistics and benefits of this transformational ALA/ALA-APA program. Webinars are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
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Identify, Brainstorm, Utilize: A Summary of ALA-APA’s Annual Conference Program “MBA for Librarians: Statistics”
In her June 27 presentation at this year’s ALA Conference, “MBA for Librarians: Statistics,” Diana Very explained “how to use statistics for library decision-making.” Very assured audience members that, though the vocabulary and mathematics of statistics may initially intimidate, one can … Read the rest
Griffiths and King examine the effects of the recession on library use by summarizing several federally-funded surveys. The following statistics are among their findings:
- Every year over the past 20 years, visits to public libraries have increased by over 2 billion each year.
- Jumps in use during recessions are not temporary; once a given recession ends, use remains as high or nearly as high as
Library and information science students know the value of supplementing formal education with professional experience. Because the nature of library work is so varied, not every aspect can be covered comprehensively, or even covered, in a graduate program. As a result, library education usually teaches the historical and theoretical underpinnings of librarianship, as well as core library science skills (Matarazzo and Pearlstein, 2011), but not how to perform a specialized task in a given library. Many library … Read the rest