Category Archives: Spotlight

Check Out the Galaxy of Stars

This year, National Library Workers Day (NLWD) was April 5, 2022. NLWD is a day for library staff, library users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Twitter (#NLWD22, #Nationallibraryworkersday, & #NationalLibraryWeek) was flooded with words of praise for amazing library workers from people across the nation, including Congressional representatives and labor unions. In addition, individuals were encouraged to submit names of library workers as Stars for the ALA-APA Galaxy of Read the rest

COSWL Celebrates National Women’s History Month

During March, which is National Women’s History Month (NWHM), the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will recognize and celebrate women’s achievements in various ways.

COSWL is hosting a complimentary webinar titled ‘Ageism and the Library Workplace: Strategies for Those Experiencing Discrimination Based on Perceptions of Age’ on Friday, March 11, 2022, 1:00 pm (ET)/12:00 pm (CT). For more details, see the news release. Register in advance for this webinar. 

COSWL is sponsoring a Women Read the rest

It’s Emotional Wellness Month

By Beatrice Calvin

“Emotional wellness” refers to our ability to process feelings in a healthy, positive way and manage the stress of everyday life.

I’ve been excitedly awaiting autumn, the time of year when the leaves begin to fall and the temperatures turn cooler. It’s finally here. In my anticipation of autumn, I forgot that the days get shorter, and there are often more cloudy and dreary days than sunny ones. Today was one of those cloudy days. I wanted Read the rest

Reframe to Repeat: Create Your Own Exercise Plan

By Maggie Mason Smith

I didn’t start out struggling with exercise.  My first job was at a skating rink, where I skated for entire shifts multiple days per week.  With my focus on friends and making money, exercise was far from my mind.  But with the onset of my twenties and a new, more sedentary position in libraries came a realization of and subsequent struggle with exercise.  

The benefits of exercise are well-known: it controls weight, combats disease, improves mood, Read the rest

University of Notre Dame Celebrated NLWD21 with a Mad Tea Party

Many libraries and library users celebrated library workers last Tuesday, April 6th, on National Library Workers Day (NLWD). The ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars received more than 1,400 STAR nominations.

Natalie K. Meyers of the Hesburgh Libraries at the University Notre Dame (Indiana) sent in the photo and commented,Here’s what our weirdest workers’ day party ever looked like. We haven’t been all together in over a year (except virtually), so we had a mad tea party. In … Read the rest

Recruiting for an Academic Librarian Position in the Age of COVID-19: An Inside Look at the Process

By Karen Rogers-Collins

The 2019-2020 academic year was like no other in recent history. When asked to name challenges facing academic libraries, no one would have dreamed up a global coronavirus pandemic that would shutter campuses and force library workers into remote work. The ability to support and add to library personnel ranks during the past year has been challenging. Over the last five years, the Eastern Michigan University Library had lost several librarians through voluntary separation and retirement. A Read the rest

Accepting Our Reality

By Nick Weingardt, MLIS

This has been a challenging year. We have all heard this repeatedly and from many outlets since February. The word “challenging” doesn’t do justice for what many of us are going through and what stress the pandemic has created throughout the year. Many feel an underlying and constant worry that takes a toll on every part of life.

COVID-19 has created financial uncertainty for many of us. It has us thinking about our health and Read the rest

Future Libraries: Do They Need Managers or Leaders?

By Peter A. Arthur-Smith

“When you’re doing good to others, you’re best to yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin (1748)

Benjamin Franklin opened the 1st American subscription library with friends in 1731. It was called the ‘Library Company of Philadelphia.’

Libraries are key components of our society and have been centers of learning for generations. For this reason, they must survive and thrive. However, like many other institutions and aspects of society in the technology and social media era, they are Read the rest

The World in Crisis

Working on this issue of Library Worklife has been a struggle. We have wrestled with figuring out what to say, with how to respond to everything that has transpired over the last couple of  weeks. The nation, nay, the world is in crisis. While we continue to cope with the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we must also contend with world-wide protests —sparked by the death of Mr. George Floyd— where people have been demanding justice for people of Read the rest

Breaking News Will Not Break Us: Mental Health and Libraries During COVID-19

By Payton Smith

May has been celebrated nation-wide as “Mental Health Month” since 1949, a movement propagated by the Mental Health for America campaign. As information seekers by trade, our primary goal is to facilitate the education and filter false facts, especially as social media algorithms purposefully place incorrect information in the public’s eye. Libraries are warzones of truth, constantly battling the spread of ill-intended messages. This battle for truth is especially crucial as misinformation surrounding COVID-19 marks a life-or-death Read the rest