Category Archives: Spotlight

Should You Stay? Or Should You Go?

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Welcome back to this month’s issue of Library Worklife! I hope you’ve had the opportunity to read through our previous articles that framed your career as a journey in which you travel from early to late-career and beyond. Since we’ve already covered early career in past articles, let’s shift gears a bit and explore midcareer – our focus in this article. Remember, though, that just because we’re looking at midcareer this month doesn’t mean you can’t Read the rest

Questions to Help Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Meaningful

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Have you already made your New Year’s resolutions?  Are you excited about them? Or not quite so enthused? If they do excite you, great!  I encourage you to go for them and celebrate your successes as you move forward!

If your resolutions under- or overwhelm you, you’re not alone. Various polls show that 75 to 80 percent of people don’t stick with their resolutions beyond the end of February. 

And if you’re among those who haven’t Read the rest

Let the Journey Begin! Check Out These Early Steps to Get You Going on Your Career Adventure

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Welcome back to your Library Worklife Newsletter for December!  Are you energized and ready to begin your journey to discover all the great places and opportunities you can encounter as you move ahead in your professional life?  I hope so because it’s going to be a great ride!

 If you haven’t had the chance to read last month’s Worklife Spotlight column, I highly recommend that you do so. In that article you’ll be introduced to Read the rest

Want More Satisfaction from Your Career? Consider this Perspective

By Caitlin Williams

Welcome to our first article in this year’s Library Worklife Spotlight series!  I’m excited to share our theme for this coming year with you. Here it is: YOUR CAREER IS A JOURNEY, NOT A SERIES OF STAND-ALONE JOBS!

Over the coming months, we’ll explore this theme together and I’ll share with you thought-provoking articles, actionable suggestions for trying out a new behavior or a new perspective, and self-reflection questions that can enhance your professional life – regardless Read the rest

Job Satisfaction and Workplace Engagement in Libraries

By Jason Martin, Ed.D.


Job satisfaction and workplace engagement play a large role in the healthy functioning of any organization, libraries included. These two factors influence productivity, workplace behavior, organizational citizenship and affective commitment (the attachment to, and identification with, a workplace). Affective commitment supersedes all other organizational factors – including pay – to create a deep loyalty to the organization. Job satisfaction and workplace engagement each influence the other. The more engaged someone is, the more satisfied they Read the rest

Polishing Your Soft Skills – A Fantastic Opportunity You May Be Missing

By Caitlin Williams. Ph.D.

Over the past ten months, we’ve been looking at the importance of soft skills.  We’ve also looked at how to use them to advance your career. Whether you’re just out of school or a late-career library worker – and whether you’re in job-seeking mode or you’re a long-term employee at your organization – putting soft skills to work for you can make a huge difference.

Yet, too often, many workers look instead to the latest technology Read the rest

It’s Summer – I’m Going Outside

By Beatrice Calvin, M. A. Counseling, CDF

In Chicago, we often joke that there are only two seasons: winter and summer. It’s finally summer! During this season we tend to slow down. Many of us find more time to be with family and friends. We relax a little more than usual and allow ourselves not to feel as stressed about what’s going on around us. 

As a counselor, I often advise others to practice self-care and to find effective ways Read the rest

Will We Ever Get What We Deserve? Not Unless We Ask!

By Jenifer Grady

Is it acceptable that a library director, let’s call her Anne, who manages two branches makes a lower salary than the “lady who runs the bulldozer?” I met Anne when I was asked to revive a negotiation training for small public library Directors who did not have Master’s degrees in Library Science. Coming back to an issue that was my passion confirmed to me that tried-and-true methods still deliver, and that there are always new lessons to Read the rest

Teamwork: The Perfect Place to Practice Your Soft Skills

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Welcome back, everyone! Over the past six months, we’ve looked at a definition of soft skills, why they are so crucial in the workplace, how you can polish them to help in your job search and interviews, and how they can make a huge difference in your everyday interactions with colleagues.

Now it’s time to take an even broader look at the value of soft skills – this time through the focus on how soft skills Read the rest

Happy National Library Workers Day!

Today, April 9, 2019, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Established by the American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA), NLWD was designed as an opportunity to recognize all library workers who make library service possible every day.

Do you know any library workers who should be recognized for the great work they do, their positive outlook or the wonderful way they assist patrons? Consider submitting their names to the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars as part of the National Library Read the rest