Volume 9, No. 6 • June 2012


  • The Term or Temporary Position and Making the Most of a Short Time (Part 1 of 2)

    By Laureen P. Cantwell

    Editor’s note: the second part of Cantwell’s article will be published in the July 2012 issue of Library Worklife.

    As my position at Grinnell College as a Term Research & Instruction Librarian comes to a close, I have had cause to reflect upon my time as a “term” faculty member. The common stressors that I have identified, among my colleagues in departments within and beyond the library, have been (1) relocating, (2) job hunting, (3) … Read the rest


  • Your Library Could Win a Free One

    Do your library patrons need job search and career exploration support in today’s tough economy? Then head on over to the ALA Membership Pavilion at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim to register your library to win a free one year subscription ($950.00 value) to the Virtual Career Library. This innovative career information service is changing the way forward-thinking libraries are providing career guidance and job search information for their library patrons. Don’t miss out on this great … Read the rest

  • New Rochelle High School Librarian Arrested in Sex Sting Involving 16-Year Old Student

    By Robert Cox, New Rochelle Talk (New York): May 31, 2012

    A New Rochelle, New York, school librarian was arrested after going to meet a 16-year-old male student for what she believed to be a sexual encounter. Marisa L. Anton is also accused of sexually harrasing the student, verbally and through social media. New Rochelle police arranged a sting in which the student called Anton to arrange a meeting. New Rochelle Police Captain Joseph P. Schaller reports that “no … Read the rest

  • Former Oregon State Librarian pleads guilty to forgery of job application

    OregonLive.com: May 24, 2012

    Robert Hulshof-Schmidt, recently appointed Oregon State Librarian, was convicted of forging parts of his job application. Hulshof-Schmidt pled guilty and confessed to lying about holding a graduate degree from the University of Washington. He has lost his position and will serve two years of probation.… Read the rest

  • No Shushing! AFSCME Petitions to Protect Library Jobs

    Carl L. Sorrell, president of AFSCME Local 1215 in Chicago, Illinois, seeks help to protect our nation’s public libraries and stop privatization efforts that will cut jobs and public resources. AFSCME asks supporters to consider signing an online petition to protect 25,000 library workers and the thousands of libraries. … Read the rest

  • Tell People About Your Workplace

    Representatives from various libraries and library-related companies are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with ALA Annual Conference attendees about their individual work environments. The ALA JobLIST Placement Center is hosting an Open House on Sunday, June 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Human Resource professionals and library staff can discuss various aspects of their work environments – things that make their institutions unique – such as work culture, facilities, sports, music, arts and campus or … Read the rest

  • Keep the Fight Going: Libraries Fight Back!

    Libraries are at the core of our communities and at the forefront of the digital world. Library workers help preserve the past while educating for the future. Libraries can reinvigorate blighted areas and inspire people to “be the change.” Yet when budgetary crises occur, libraries always seem to be the first offered for sacrifice.

    Join colleagues for a program that will examine the essential services that libraries – public and academic – provide to communities locally and globally. The program … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Interactive conference on libraries in a post-print world, innovation, and more

    Interactive professional development ideal for anyone unable to attend Annual Conference as well as anyone ready for more—two days of keynote speakers and interactive 45-minute Web sessions providing insights from experts and offering opportunities for conversation with speakers and other attendees around key issues in library transformation.

    Topics include ebooks and ereaders; open source software; using Google products to enhance your mission and branding; libraries in a post-print world; publishers partnering with libraries; designing a superior library user experience; learning … Read the rest


HR Practice


  • Tips for Finding a Professional Position in Special Collections

    By Jennifer K. Sheehan, Ph.D.

    Every newly-minted librarian is looking to get a foot in the door for his or her first professional position. But in special collections, sometimes that door feels more like the vault at Fort Knox. Special collections can be an exciting and rewarding area of librarianship, but without the proper direction and coaching, finding a position in this area can seem next to impossible. Based on my experiences in the library field over the last seven … Read the rest


  • Gary Public Library Fights To Hold On

    By Daniel S. Weinberg and Cassandra Stigger

    The Gary Public Library (GPL) in Gary, Indiana, has struggled to absorb drastic budget cuts that have significantly limited community access to Gary’s libraries and services. The cuts resulted from a 40 percent reduction in the GPL budget, itself a result of reduced property tax collection and a tax cap. 

    Gary is a mid-size community, with a 2010 population of 80,000, and the community relies heavily on the GPL and its services. Nearly … Read the rest

Support Staff


  • Allow Your Spirit to Dance With Time: An Alternative Perspective to Workplace Wellness

    By Analu Josephides

    In this “Workplace Wellness @ Your Libraries” article we will visit a Native Hawaiian concept of “Time” and how we greet it. This alternative perspective to wellness equips us to address our wellbeing in the work environment and in our everyday life. Please visit the websites listed at the end of this article to learn more about how Native Hawaiian people address health issues.

    Greet the Morning (Kakahiaka)!

    First, I will start by explaining how I greet … Read the rest

HR Law