Volume 1, No. 12 • December 2004


  • Tips That May Surprise You about Salary Negotiation

    The following is based on an audio file of a presentation on salary negotiations given to outgoing library school graduates on November 19, 2003, by Dr. Leigh Estabrook, director of the University of Illinois’ Library Research Center and former dean of its Graduate School of Library and Information Science. The audio file is available through the school’s Web site at www.lis.uiuc.edu/~leighe. Dr. Estabrook was not interviewed separately for this article.

    Perhaps you think of good negotiators … Read the rest


  • USF Faculty Union Ratifies Contract Overwhelmingly

    TAMPA, Fla.—The United Faculty of Florida (UFF) Chapter at the University of South Florida (USF) announced on November 19, 2004 , that members of the General Faculty Bargaining Unit at USF have overwhelmingly ratified the proposed collective bargaining agreement negotiated between UFF and the USF administration.

    Union president Roy Weatherford said, “This is the largest absolute vote on ratification we have ever had at USF. Faculty normally don’t bother to vote unless they either are worried about the substance of … Read the rest

  • ALA-APA Featured in the November Associates

    ALA-Allied Professional Association—An Introduction and InvitationRead the rest

  • Special Librarians Institute

    “Find Your Customer: Drive Your Business”

    Librarians were refueled and creative batteries were recharged on October 18 th and 19 th at the Special Librarians Institute “Find your customer: drive your business: Interactive conversations among information professionals and special librarians.”

    The event was sponsored by the Third Coast Learning Collaborative (the system special Libraries consultants of the Chicago Public, DuPage, North Suburban, Metropolitan and Prairie Area Library Systems—formerly METS) and the SLA Illinois … Read the rest

  • Enter the “Working @ your library: For Love or Money” Video Contest

    The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is currently holding a contest to write a guide to accompany “Working @ your library: For Love or Money,” a new advocacy video produced by ALA-APA. Interested parties will use the video and guide to augment related presentations during meetings and conferences with colleagues, managers, trustees, and others who are in a role to affect the salaries of library workers. Participation is free and the winner will receive a $250 prize-donation to a Read the rest

  • ALA-APA seeking nominees for Dynix-ALA-APA Award for Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers

    CHICAGO—The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is seeking nominations for the first annual Dynix-ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers. The award will be given to an individual, group of individuals or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to improving the salary and status of library workers in a local, regional or national setting. The recipient will receive $5,000 and be recognized at the ALA-APA Networking Breakfast at the 2005 ALA Annual … Read the rest

  • Library Worklife Logins and Passwords

    We have discontinued sending out LW logins and passwords with each e-mail alert. If you need your login and password, call 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2424 or ext. 5, or e-mail info@ala-apa.org or membership@ala.org.… Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Fitting the Part

    Advice from a Successful Job Seeker

    In September, Juanita Nicholson very happily celebrated her first anniversary as a reference librarian at the Deerfield Public Library. A week later she was a panelist on the ILA conference program “Gaining the Competitive Edge: Advice from Employers and Successful Job Seekers.” The following comments are based on her remarks as a panelist.

    What were you doing before you applied to library school?

    For the thirteen years … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Self-Awareness

    A Key to Successful Relationships at Work

    By Paula M. Singer, PhD, and Megan Staczek

    How many of us have experienced a conversation or relationship that is frustrating and ineffective? I bet you know someone who is very scheduled, organized and quick to make decisions even when there may not be enough information to make a thorough decision. Or, perhaps you know someone who is flexible, even to the point of seeming indecisive, whose work is often delivered at the … Read the rest


  • NCSU Libraries Fellows Program Attracts and Develops New Librarians

    Launched in the fall of 1999, the North Carolina State University Libraries’ Fellows Program has offered six cohorts of new MLS and MIS graduates opportunities for rapid professional growth. At the same time, the program has formed a centerpiece in the Libraries’ strategy for recruiting highly talented entry-level librarians with the potential to compete and qualify for permanent positions at NCSU following their Fellows appointments.

    The NCSU Libraries has managed to attract an … Read the rest


  • The Kansas Public Library Salaries Project Works for Improved Compensation for Kansas Directors

    When the 2000 revision of the Kansas Public Library Standards was published, the response from the Kansas public librarians made it clear that it was time to seriously consider the problem of compensation guidelines. This was easier said than done, even with an excellent working committee.

    It was decided that the new guidelines would address only the compensation of library directors, although we hope to work for support positions at a later time . … Read the rest


  • Workplace Aggression

    Empowering the Victim

    When cold weather hits, running errands and performing daily activities can become increasingly difficult. Compound this with the pressures of the holiday season, and tempers are likely to flair. During this high-stress season, many library workers will be confronted by a swelling number of aggressive patrons and co-workers.

    Defusing aggression requires a broad range of communication skills designed to target specific aggressors. Since the library attracts a variety of patrons, each with unique personalities … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Working Families Assistance Act (H.R. 4372) passed

    On June 22, 2004, the 108th Congress of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Working Families Assistance Act, which “Amends the Internal Revenue Code to permit up to $500 of unused dependent care benefits in a dependent care flexible spending plan or arrangement to be carried forward to the next year of such plan or arrangement without affecting its status as a tax-exempt employee benefit cafeteria plan.” This bill is now being reviewed by the Senate Committee on FinanceRead the rest