Volume 9, No. 3 • March 2012

Spotlight

  • How to Stand Out in the Job Search

    By Christina Steffy, Librarian

    When I entered my master’s program last year, it appeared to some that I was spending a large chunk of money for a degree in a field that was disappearing because of Google and e-books. I didn’t let that get me down, but I knew when I was beginning my job search that I was being hit with the proverbial double whammy – looking for a job in a difficult economy, and looking for a job … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

  • Celebrate National Library Workers Day on April 10

    CHICAGO – Library employees are crucial to our economy and culture. They help small business owners formulate plans; graduates find funding; children fall in love with reading; grandparents connect with grandchildren; corporations save money and improve products; seniors get comfortable with the latest technology; and students get into gaming. Yet these public servants are rarely recognized publicly. National Library Workers Day is a way to do so.

    Since 2003, National Library Workers Day (NLWD) has been celebrated on the Tuesday … Read the rest

Career Advancement

HR Practice

Statistics

Support Staff

  • Free Webinar: How to Develop a Portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification (LSCC) Program

    The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long informational webinar discussing portfolio creation from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST on Tuesday, March 13.

    Candidates for the program have two options for completing the competency sets needed for certification: taking and passing approved courses or compiling and submitting portfolios. This presentation will focus on helping candidates … Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Healthy Behavior

    By Pat Wagner, Management Consultant and Trainer

    Human behavior cannot be tidily categorized as “healthy” or “unhealthy” – depending on the context, any behavior may be considered healthy or unhealthy. However, a consideration of standard models of mental health can help a person determine if s/he should seek mental health counseling. 

    According to one standard model of mental health, a healthy person is able to:

    • Get what s/he want without threats and/or manipulation
    • Negotiate the normal ups and downs of
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  • We Come from the Four Directions: Sharing Our Stories of Workplace Wellness@Your Library

    By Loriene Roy, Professor, School of Library and Information Science, The University of Texas at Austin

    Our first annual Workplace Wellness@Your Library Symposium is nearing (March 23-24, 2012). Thanks to federal funds from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health, under Contract with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, the University of Texas at Austin will welcome some exciting visitors. In addition, local presenters will be sharing their special knowledge. As with all medical sources … Read the rest