Volume 10, No. 11 • November 2013

Veteran’s Day was Monday, November 11. We at Library Worklife thank our U.S. veterans and troops for all you do to keep our families and our country safe.


  • Workplace Violence: Are You Prepared to Manage a Crisis Situation?

    By Beatrice Calvin, CDF

    Workplace violence can be defined as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.

    Nearly 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. Many incidents go unreported. Last year alone, there were a total of 4,383 fatalities in the workplace. Of these, 767 (18%) were the result of … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • Exploring Mentoring: Professional Development Through Relationship Building

    By Braegan C. Abernethy and Kari D. Weaver

    Mentoring as Career Advancement

    Mentoring can be a key component of development for new professionals entering libraries or more seasoned librarians taking on new and different responsibilities. Mentoring provides support for professional development beyond what an individual supervisor can solely offer, and presents the opportunity for meaningful learning to occur in the workplace (Cohen 1999, 18-24). Additionally, mentors act as key resources, providing access to ideas and information for their mentees. Most … Read the rest


HR Practice





  • The Happiness Advantage

    By Cynthia Long

    You are on your lunch break, waiting in line at a crowded bank for a teller, among a group of fifty people. A robber comes in and fires his weapon once.

    You are shot in the right arm.

    Take a moment to consider: Do you count yourself lucky or unlucky?

    “Lucky” people –those who are gratitude focused—reflect: It’s could’ve been worse. I could’ve been killed. I could’ve been maimed or paralyzed. Negatively-focused people complain: I should’ve gone … Read the rest

HR Law

  • The USERRA Escalator Principle: Will It Take You Down?

    By Mindy Chapman, Esq.

    Editor’s Note: This article is republished with permission by Business Management Daily. View the original article here

    Over the next five years, an estimated 300,000 service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, will annually leave the military. Many will be rejoining your workforce, and federal law says they’re entitled to be given their jobs back. One court recently clarified that military employees may also be entitled to a discretionary promotion that they … Read the rest

  • OSHA announces proposed new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses

    WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012. 

    “Three million injuries are three million too many,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “With the … Read the rest

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