Volume 10, No. 9 • September 2013


  • Winning Friends and Other Carnival Games

    By Cynthia Long

    I’ve long been suspicious of the very idea of “How To Win Friends and Influence People”—considering it pure selfish manipulation of which I wanted no part. I pride myself on my rugged belligerent independence. I don’t give a darn if you like me or not. It’s why I work in a library, not sales.

    In Library School, they told me that most people become librarians because they love books—but that was insufficient reason. They told me to … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • 8 Keys to Effective Performance Appraisal

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/10389/8-keys-to-effective-performance-appraisal.

    It happens to every manager: You sit down to prepare a staff member’s review and realize you can remember only what the person has done the past few weeks. Or you allow only a single incident (good or bad) to color your assessment.

    Supervisors should never rely solely on memory to evaluate employee performance. That makes appraisals far more difficult than necessary. Instead, it’s best to institute … Read the rest

  • Year-long Public Innovation training opportunity

    Continuing the collaboration between The Harwood Institute and the American Library Association on The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative, a three-day Harwood Institute Public Innovators Lab designed especially for libraries kicks off a year of coaching and webinar support. The three-day immersion in the Harwood practice, Oct. 28-30, 2013, at the District of Columbia Public Library Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, will be followed by one year of scheduled coaching support for library teams from a Harwood certified … Read the rest

HR Practice



  • Anonymity, Privacy and Security Online

    In a survey of 792 internet users, 86 percent have taken steps to mask or remove their digital footprints, and 55 percent have attempted to avoid observation by specific people or organizations (including the U.S. government). A fifth of respondents have had email or social networking accounts hacked. 

    Read more about this survey at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project website. … Read the rest

  • August payroll employment increases (+169,000); unemployment rate little changed (7.3%)

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 169,000 in August and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in retail trade and health care but declined in information.

    Household Survey Data

    Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.3 million and the unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent, changed little in August. The jobless rate is down from 8.1 percent a year ago. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker … Read the rest

  • DOL Publishes Employment Data for August 2013

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



    In the week ending August 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 323,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 332,000. The 4-week moving average was 328,500, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 331,500.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week … Read the rest


HR Law