Volume 10, No. 1 • January 2013


  • 2013: Thirteen New Year’s Resolutions for My Library Life

    By Diana J. Lennon

    As we begin a new year, why not commit to some goals for your professional life as a librarian?
    Here is a list to get you started:
    1. I will advocate continually for libraries in general and my library in particular.
    2. I will support the library and information science profession by being active in at least one professional organization.
    3. I will attend classes, conferences, workshops and webinars to learn new skills.
    4. I will continue to grow professionally
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HR Practice


  • Two Sessions to Help You Prepare for a Job Search

    Two sessions designed to help prepare job seekers for more effective searches will be held Saturday, January 26 2013, in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

    The first session, entitled ‘The Ins and Outs of Job Hunting for Library Positions – An Insider’s Perspective,’ will take place 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.  In this session, an experienced recruiter will provide a review of the selection process along with lots of specific pointers for those seeking … Read the rest

  • Still Time to Participate in Placement Center Open House

    As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an Open House on Sunday, January 27, 2013, from 10:30am – 12:00 noon during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

    Representatives from various libraries and library-related companies can take advantage of the opportunity to talk with conference attendees about their specific work environments—things that make their place of employment unique. There is no cost to … Read the rest


  • With “Right-to-Work,” Michigan Joins 23 Other States in Race to the Bottom

    By Jennifer Dorning

    On December 12, 2012, Michigan took a huge step back in the fight for better wages, benefits and working conditions for its workers. Michigan joined 23 other states in the race to lower wages, health and pension benefits for workers.

    So called “right-to-work” laws prohibit the requirement that all workers who benefit from a collective bargaining agreement pay for the cost of administering the agreement. Right-to-work laws are generally supported by corporate interests who don’t want to … Read the rest


Support Staff


  • Work-Life Balance, Pay Equity: Not Just Women’s Issues

    “All too often, [pay equity and work-life balance] get thrown around in campaigns to win the hearts of female voters, or they act as window dressing in corporate human resources materials,” argues Jena McCormick in her October 26, 2012, Washington Post article. Depicting work-life balance and pay equity as “women’s issues” misses “an opportunity to make everyone care more about them.” 

    Read the full article here.… Read the rest

  • Workaholics Quiz: Do You Focus on Work Too Much?

    A Quintessential Careers Quiz

    Do you work long hours — and enjoy it? Do you hold multiple jobs? Do you own your own business?

    Do you take your cell phone, laptop, tablet, and the like with you on vacations (if you even take vacations) to check in on things in the office?

    Do you have problems with your family because of your job? Do you know someone like this?
    Are you — or someone you know — a workaholic? Take Read the rest

HR Law

LW Tip

  • Celebrate at the ALA-APA Networking Reception this ALA Midwinter

    Experience a taste of Seattle’s nightlife at this premier social event during the ALA 2013 Midwinter Conference. Take advantage of the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new people at this networking fundraiser on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the W Seattle Hotel, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening filled with music, dancing and more!

    Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door, or in advance by registering on the … Read the rest