Volume 7, No. 2 • February 2010



  • Personal Finance Quiz

    Are you a Sinner or a Saint?

    Hellish words buzz in the collective ear of our nation’s libraries: budget shortfalls, downsizing, reduced hours, branch closings, pay and hiring freezes, layoffs and furloughs. All around us the financial crisis is striking closer and closer to home, forcing its way into our pockets and spreading fear and panic in its wake. How you survive this financial instability may depend largely upon your personal financial habits.

    For many people, the … Read the rest


  • Pay Equity Focus of 2010 National Library Workers Day

    CHICAGO – On April 13, thousands of communities will celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time when library staff, patrons, administrators and Friends groups will recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. You are invited to name a “Star” library employee for the NLWD website at http://www.ala-apa.org/nlwd, where everyone can see what makes this person an exceptional library employee. Anyone working in or for a library can be nominated, and self-nominations are welcome.

    The day’s theme … Read the rest

  • Library facing budget shortfall:

    Trustees weigh options, including Sunday closings

    A $93,286 budget shortfall this year may lead Passaic County Library System trustees to ask staff to take furlough.

    Though library director Jody Treadway hopes to close the shortfall by closing on Sundays or by taking money out of other line items, trustees suggested that they initiate union negotiations about unpaid leave for PALS staff.

    The trustees have yet to make a … Read the rest

  • Library unveils restructuring plan

    Marvin Walters might be from Loves Park, but he does most, if not all, of his genealogy research at the Rockford Public Library.

    After this week’s staff reductions and hours cuts, Walters hopes the library will be open enough to meet his needs and that there will be enough people around to help him locate books and do other research.

    “I’m here at least a couple times a week. … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Academic Librarians Judging Educational Contests!

    Many networking opportunities for academic librarians lie not only outside the library, but outside librarianship. Librarians at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) Library have the interesting opportunity to evaluate four excellent educational contests: the ULM regional Social Studies Fair; the Future Business Leaders of America contests; Destination ImagiNation; and the ULM Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Outstanding Initiates Award. These social events allow academic librarians to step out of their normal routines … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • The Importance of Librarians in the Current Social Condition

    An Editorial by an MLS

    Employees who work the front desk bear the brunt of responsibility for helping those in intellectual, emotional and financial need. Those employees also, unfortunately, bear the brunt of the harsh reactions of seemingly ungrateful patron. Many front desk stresses are inevitable. As a rule, patrons do not like paying fines; do not like being told that a title is unavailable; do not like being locked out of a building whose contents … Read the rest


  • How the economy is affecting library recruiting

    A report from the 2009 ALA-APA Librarian Salary Survey

    Each year, a set of timely questions are a feature of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic. In 2009, the responding staff was asked about the direction and percentage of impact the economy has had on library recruiting. Of the 1,179 libraries (701 public and 478 academic) who responded to the salary survey overall, we thank the 507 (72.3 percent) public library and 356 (74.5 percent) … Read the rest


  • How the economy is affecting library services

    A report from the 2009 ALA-APA Salary Survey

    Each year, a set of timely questions are a feature of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic.  In 2009, the responding staff was asked about the direction and percentage of impact the economy has had on library activities.  Of the 1,179 libraries (701 public and 478 academic) who responded to the salary survey overall, we thank the 459 (65.5 percent) public library and 164 (34.3 percent) academic … Read the rest

  • Employee Discontent Expected to Reach Crisis Level in 2010

    Employee turnover is expected to rise next year as a new survey shows that many workers are unhappy with their present jobs. Sixty percent of employees intend to leave and an additional one-in-four are networking and updating their resumes, according to research from Right Management. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within Manpower, the global leader in employment services.

    Right Management surveyed more than 900 workers in North America and asked: Do you plan to … Read the rest

  • ALA-APA Seeks Response to Online Employee Turnover Survey

    Do you plan to pursue new job opportunities as the economy improves in 2010? Responses to ALA-APA’s online Employee Turnover Survey will be reported in an upcoming issue of Library Worklife.Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Accepts Candidates

    ALA-APA is currently accepting applications from potential candidates interested in achieving the Library Support Staff Certification.(LSSC). The LSSC Program is the first national, voluntary certification program for library support staff. Over forty candidates have applied since the program opened January 25, 2010.

    This new certification program will help library support staff achieve recognition for current and new skills and abilities, and increase access to continuing education opportunities. ALA and ALA-APA President Camila Alire affirms, “This certification program was much needed … Read the rest


  • What I learned from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    The following poem, offered by contributing writer (and Cromaine Library Director) Cecilia Ann Marlow offers lighthearted advice for “big picture” living in 2010.

    Have fun on rainy days, even naughty fun.
    Juggling too much can lead to disaster.
    Make sure you include your friends in your adventures.
    Living in a tiny bowl may not give you the big picture.
    There are times when you must assert yourself.
    When you make a mess, clean it up.

    Read the rest
  • Workplace Wellness Survey Closing Soon

    Don’t miss your opportunity to share your workplace wellness experiences! The online Workplace Wellness Survey will close February 28, 2010.

    The survey, sponsored by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) and the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), 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 results of this survey will be reported in forthcoming issues of … Read the rest

HR Law

  • AAUW: Urge Senators to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

    Friday, Jan. 29 marked the one year anniversary of the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. As the first piece of legislation signed into law by the new president, it was a proud moment for American Association of University Women (AAUW) Action Network members—a reward for all the emails sent, calls made, and visits paid to your members of Congress. Together with the House passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, we felt we were on the road to … Read the rest