Library workers urged to participate in survey of workplace wellness in libraries

CHICAGO – The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) and the Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment HRDR are encouraging library employees to participate in the 2009-2010 Library Workplace Wellness online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for library employees to share information about the availability of, and employee participation in, work/life options in libraries around the nation. The online survey, available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0Pz4LqU_2bnMJOyZORPX8GYQ_3d_3d, will be available through early 2010.

This survey continues the work of the 2007-2008 Library Workplace Wellness online survey. Over 2,500 library employees responded, and Library Worklife published the results in four articles (available on the ALA-APA website). The results of this survey will be reported in forthcoming issues of Library Worklife. No library or names will be identified unless we receive your written permission.

“The success of the survey rests largely on individual response rates,” notes ALA-APA Director Jenifer Grady. “We encourage all library workers to log on and help us create the most complete picture possible of Work/Life options offered in our nation’s libraries.”

The results of the survey will provide important information for policymakers, ALA-APA and library advocates about the size and scope of work/life initiatives offered in American libraries. ALA-APA also hopes that the survey will raise employer awareness of work/life initiatives like alternative work schedules, wellness classes, health screenings and onsite childcare, initiatives which can significantly improve employer recruitment and retention as well as increase the quality of life for employees.

ALA-APA advocates growth, advancement and opportunity for all library employees. For additional information about ALA-APA, contact the ALA-APA Director, Jenifer Grady, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2424, or visit ALA-APA’s website.