Volume 9, No. 4 • April 2012

Spotlight

  • How Many Ways Can You Grow?

    By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

    How do you make certain you’re on your cutting edge? How do you convince a prospective employer that you’re the candidate of choice, or to assure your current boss that you’re the “go-to” person who should be promoted into a leadership role? In most instances, you do so by demonstrating your expertise or thought leadership in the areas that your employer most needs – and you most enjoy. One the best ways to do that is … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

Certification

HR Practice

  • Protect Your Library from Employment Discrimination Claims

    By Michael Germano

    Editor’s note: This article was originally published as part of Library Management: Tips that Work, edited by Carol Smallwood, and part of the ALA Guides for the Busy Librarian series. Published with permission of ALA Editions.

    The costs of defending, settling or paying damages for a verdict related to a claim of employment discrimination can be substantial for most organizations and potentially debilitating for a cash-strapped library. Money that goes toward compensating aggrieved employees can represent … Read the rest

Salaries

  • Equal Pay Day April 17, 2012

    The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 17, 2012. This date symbolizes how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011. Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater … Read the rest

Statistics

Work/Life

  • Greetings From Retirement!

    By Satia Orange

    When I announced my retirement in September 2009, my friends and colleagues assured me that after a few months of rest, I would be driven to fill my time. “The sleeping late will get old fast,” said one friend. “You’ll be so bored with nothing to do.” Others told me that “after the first year, you’ll be hungry for volunteer opportunities, to pass the time,” and that I’d embrace retirement as a time to travel the world … Read the rest

  • First Thoughts from a Workplace Wellness@Your Library Symposium

    By Loriene Roy

    Our Workplace Wellness@Your Library Symposium took place in a School of Information classroom in Austin, Texas, March 23-24, 2012. Funded by a Year 1 Regional Symposium Award through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), the event provided an opportunity to explore topics related to wellness that impact library workers. This article features an introduction to selected key messages from several speakers at the meeting and serves as a preview for topics … Read the rest

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