Volume 12, No. 11 • November 2015

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  • What Are Your Management Styles? Why Having Just One Might Not Be Serving You Well

    By Susan M. Frey

    Recently I served as a reference for a former coworker who was a candidate for an administrator position at a large university library. When the consultant from the executive search firm asked me to describe the candidate’s management style, I immediately thought of the types of responses I have heard over the years to this question. As a supervisor I have personally interviewed and hired staff. As a faculty member I have operated within the collaborative … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Mediating Conflict

    As a manager or HR professional, you may be responsible for mediating conflicts.  This might leave you feeling as though you are caught in the middle between two employees.  The author of this article suggests that the key to mediating is remaining impartial.  He also encourages the use of active-listening skills in order to move the process towards a satisfactory solution.  He offers steps to diffuse workplace conflict in such a manner that the conflict not only gets resolved, but Read the rest

  • 11 Questions All Managers Should Ask Themselves

    One of the challenges of management (of any job, really) is too much to do in too little time.  Because there are multiple priorities vying for your time, it can be easy to get bogged down in day-to-day details.  It may be helpful to take a step back to assess what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.  The author of this article suggests several questions to ask yourself.  A few of the questions include: Am I really spending my Read the rest


  • Recruitment Booths Still Available for ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston

    Human Resource professionals, library directors, and hiring managers who plan to attend the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston January 8 – 12, 2016, still have time to reserve a recruitment booth in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center.  If you have open positions now, or anticipate having available positions within the coming months, this is a perfect opportunity to meet with candidates from across the country.  

    The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be Read the rest


  • What the Gender Pay Gap Really Looks Like by Industry

    You’ve probably heard of the gender pay gap before.  And you’re probably familiar with the statistic that women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.  But did you know that according to FastCompany, a new study (from PayScale) which uses salary data from more than 1.4 million full-time employees reveals that men aren’t just out-earning women in male-dominated fields? Men make more money in every industry. This article gives some interesting statistics along with a list of Read the rest


  • Why You Don’t Want What You Wanted

    Do you really know what will make you happy?  Many times we believe that if we just had a particular job or that special house or the perfect relationship, we’d be happy.  But often, once we get what we thought we wanted, the reality of what is required to have it and keep it sets in.  The author of this article encourages us to really think about what will make us happy now, and then consider what changes we may Read the rest

HR Law