Volume 1, No. 6 • June 2004


  • Virginia Library Association’s Paraprofessional Forum

    Every spring the Virginia Library Association holds its Paraprofessional Forum. It regularly attracts 500 registrants, not all of them from Virginia. The Forum is a two-day conference for paraprofessionals with a keynote speaker, a series of concurrent programs, a banquet, etc. Last fall I contacted the organizers of the 2005 VLAPF and asked if I could be on the program for one of the concurrent sessions to do an update and information session on current ALA and … Read the rest


  • Consumer health programs for public librarians from NN/LM

    The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is pleased to announce four new Consumer Health Workshops for public librarians. These workshops are designed to assist public librarians with the growing demand for consumer health information. These classes are brought to you free by the NN/LM and have also been approved for Medical Library Association Continuing Education (CE) contact hours.

    To schedule a class for your library or library system, or to learn more about the NN/LM, call 1-800-338-7657 and … Read the rest

  • Scholarships from the New York Black Librarians Caucus

    New York Black Librarians Caucus Donna Hoke Scholarship 2004

    The New York Black Librarians Caucus announces two (2) $1000 scholarships for library science students of African descent. Applicants who have been accepted to a program or who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program are encouraged to apply. Applicant must be a resident ofNew York State.

    The scholarship will be awarded during the Fall 2004 semester. The application deadline is July 31, 2004. For an application and further information, … Read the rest

  • Cleveland Public Library Update

    A panel of three fact-finders will hear library and union positions and decide on how to resolve disagreements. The library and union have appointed members to the panel and the third will be chosen by both groups. The panel will review written arguments and then allow both groups to present questions, updates and responses. Deborah Hajzak, Chapter President of the SEIU 1199 explained that the panel may accept the library’s proposal, the unions, or shape a compromise between the two.… Read the rest

  • Annual Conference Programs

    ALA-APA is hosting several exciting programs at ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, June 24th through June 30th!

    *Visit the ALA-APA at Exhibit Booth #233! 
    Saturday, 6/26/2004, 7:30 am – 09:00 am, OCC 231 A/B 
    283379 Union Networking Breakfast

    Saturday, 6/26/2004, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, JAM Dolphin/Panther 
    280226 Standing Committee on Salaries and Status of Library Workers

    Sunday, 6/27/2004, 9:30 am – 11:00 am, OCC 208 B 
    283341 Communications Skills for Managers

    Sunday, 6/27/2004, 10:40 am – 11:00 am, … Read the rest

  • This is the last free issue for individual ALA members and non-ALA members!

    If you don’t want to miss future issues (and your organization doesn’t get Library Worklife), subscribe NOW! Individual ALA members may purchase an annual subscription for $35.00 and non-ALA members may purchase a subscription for $60.00. Organizational members receive Library Worklife as a benefit of organizational membership, but ALA must have an email contact on file to receive the newsletter.… Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Coaching in the Workplace

    Why It Matters

    Whenever I get the chance, I like to ask library employees to describe the work environment of their dreams. There is great commonality in what they say, no matter where they work. Consistently, they describe a work environment where:

    • Tolerance consistently prevails throughout the organization.
    • People are energized, cheerful, flexible, positive and knowledgeable.
    • The work is balanced between the challenging and the tedious.
    • Work is shared.
    • Everyone shares ideas.
    • People are willing to be
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  • Online Academic Certificate Program in Library Information Technology at Lexington Community College

    “It was a near-class experience,” a Lexington Community College student wrote at the end of her first online undergraduate library science course. With five years of experience in distance education, we are seeing much greater acceptance of the idea that non-face-to-face, asynchronous education really can work and we are recognizing the value of education for library paraprofessionals.

    Since 1998, Lexington Community College (LCC) has offered online library information technology courses designed to meet state certification requirements for … Read the rest


  • What Is the Living Wage Movement?

    The previous two months of Library Worklife featured articles about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and recent changes. The Living Wage Movement is a progression from efforts that led the legislative and judicial branches to set a standard for wages in the 1930s to citizens in the 1990s requesting that local governments assess for themselves whether that wage is sufficient. FLSA was enacted in 1938 and guaranteed a minimum, but not a living, wage.1Read the rest


  • It Pays to Be a Man in Most Jobs

    June 3, 2004

    According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there are only two jobs where women earn more than men – hazardous waste removal and telecommunications line installation and repair. In three, the earnings are equal – meeting and convention planners, dining room or cafeteria workers, and construction trade helpers.

    Evidence from Census 2000 about earnings by detailed occupation for men and women.… Read the rest

  • We’ve Got a Long Way to Go to Close the Wage Gap

    In the May issue of Library Worklife, the survey asked you how long you thought it would take to eliminate the wage gap in the U.S. between men and women. Respondents were also asked whether it would take less, the same, or more time within librarianship.

    Based on the perceptions of 303 readers, the outlook is less than sunny.

    Question 1: The wage gap between men and women is as much as 60 cents for women for every dollar a … Read the rest


  • Don’t Fear the Flair

    It seems that by now everyone should know how important a comfortable work environment is to employee satisfaction and productivity. We’ve all heard the stories about those cushy corporate jobs with in-house daycare centers, weekly chair massages, casual day every day, and a professional fun coordinator on payroll. Amidst the stress of patron requests, I’m sure we’ve all longed for such perks.

    But we might not realize our own power to make our work environments more pleasant … Read the rest