Volume 8, No. 8 • August 2011


  • Childcare in the Library: Assisting Student Success

    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


Career Advancement

  • LLAMA announces new webinars for middle managers

    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


  • CPLA Webinar on August 10

    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.

    See what graduates and employers have to say about CPLA –

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  • It’s Not Just About the Money: Why Working a Second Job Can Further Your Career

    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