Volume 10, No. 4 • April 2013


  • Library as Inclusive

    By Alejandro Marquez, M.L.S.

    When homophobic graffiti was discovered recently at Fort Lewis College, the administration and students were quick to condemn such actions. We are a small liberal arts college located in the four corners region of Colorado. We offer free tuition scholarships to Native American students from any tribal affiliation and the Native students (over 40% of our enrollment) are actively involved in a culture of tolerance and civility. The librarians of John F. Reed library, along with … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • A New Professional Development Opportunity: ALA Leadership Institute

    Leading to the Future is a new four-day immersive leadership development program offered by ALA for future library leaders—you or someone you’d like to nominate.

    The institute offers the chance to delve into leadership practices, concepts and frameworks and to shape your own leadership vision and ethos—one that can sustain you into the future. ALA President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss will help you develop and practice your leadership skills in areas critical to the future of … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Work Opportunity Tax Credits

    On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you can claim this credit. This program … Read the rest

  • 10 Ways to Overcome ‘Negative Vibes’ Among Your Staff

    Every manager has to deal with a certain amount of pessimistic, hostile or uncooperative behavior at times. But a hard-core negative attitude that starts with just one employee can quickly infect an entire department (or a whole company) if the manager doesn’t rein it in quickly.

    Here are 10 tips for confronting employees whose negative behavior has begun to affect co-workers and the company:

    1. Don’t get drawn into the employees’ negative mind-set. Listen to their points, but don’t temper your
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  • Refusal to Give Social Security Number on Job Applications

    By Beatrice Calvin

    I subscribe to many discussion lists. Recently, on one list, a colleague asked, “One of our students said that he has been unwilling to enter his social security number on application forms when requested from major employers. Does such a response cause him to not be considered for employment?”

    The person responding gave information that is included on the government’s website. According to the Social Security administration, if a business or other enterprise asks you for your … Read the rest


  • Why Women Don’t Deserve Equal Pay!

    By Paul E. Almeida, President, Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO

    Equal Pay Day is April 9th and a good time to reflect on the 1963 passage of the Equal Pay Act. In short, the law prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who are performing similar work under similar conditions. Each year since this law was passed, the Department of Labor has issued a report on the gap between the pay of men and women. … Read the rest

  • Today, April 9th, is Equal Pay Day

    Today, April 9th, is Equal Pay Day. Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week. Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay.

     The wage gap remained … Read the rest


  • DOL Publishes Employment Data for March 2013

    The U.S. Department of Labor has published unemployment insurance data for March 2013.

    Nonfarm payroll employment edged up in March (+88,000), and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment grew in professional and business services and in health care but declined in retail trade.

    Household Survey Data

    Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.7 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.6 percent, were little changed in March.… Read the rest

  • Survey Lists Most Commonly Offered Employment Perks

    A recent survey conducted by HR compliance and training solution provider BLR sheds light on the perks that employers most commonly offer employees. According to BLR’s survey of 1,493 HR professionals, 91 percent of employers represented offer paid holidays, and 85 percent offer life insurance plans. The survey lists other commonly offered perks:

    • Paid vacation (72 percent)
    • Dental insurance (82 percent)
    • Vision insurance (69 percent)
    • Tuition reimbursement (64 percent)
    • Accident insurance (57 percent)
    • Flextime (53 percent)
    • Dress-down days (51 percent)
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  • Start a Happiness Project

    By Beatrice Calvin

    Posted on the bulletin board above my desk is a Wellness calendar. Each month there are suggestions, recipes and things to consider doing that could help you live a healthier, happier life. April’s page starts by asking, “What brings you joy and satisfaction and engages you so that you live well and work at your best?” The writer suggests that you name these things and resolve to pursue them. This will be the start of your happiness … Read the rest

  • What I Learned From the Death of My Brother

    By Dr. Tom Denham

    My brother died last year. He passed away from lung cancer. Jim was not a smoker; he was an athlete. He died young. Jim’s death only reinforced my core values and how to balance my work and personal life. I’m grateful to him. I wanted to honor his life by sharing with you some lessons. We would all like to believe that we are going to live a long healthy life, but honestly there are no … Read the rest

  • ALCTS Eforum – Work/Life Balance Hosted by Robert Roose and Leslie Burke

    On March 13 and 14, 2013, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association held an eforum discussion on work/life balance. View the complete ALCTS Eforum Daily Summary

    Listed below are many of the questions asked of the forum participants:

    • Does your workplace have programs (flex-time, maternity leave, child care) and a culture supporting work/life balance?
    • What programs or organizational support (or lack of support) does your institution offer?
    • Would you
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HR Law