Volume 12, No. 6 • June 2015

Career Advancement

  • Networking and Your Job Hunt

    Networking is an essential ingredient in a successful job search, but taking the first step can be intimidating.  An online program sponsored by the American Library Association’s (ALA) New Members Roundtable (NMRT) Annual Program Committee will offer networking tools, tips and resources for stepping boldly into your new library career.

    Join us Tuesday, June 9 at noon (EST) for “Networking and Your Job Hunt” and learn the art of effective networking in the library profession from our presenters, Rachael Altman, … Read the rest

  • 6 Strategies That Guarantee People Will Remember Meeting You

    Networking can feel like the professional equivalent of speed dating. And, like speed dating, you don’t just want to make a good impression—you want to make a lasting one. So, how can you present yourself well when it feels like you’re making small talk with people who are only half-listening?  The author of this article suggests that we think of networking as more than just small talk.  It’s more about making connections.… Read the rest

HR Practice

  • How To Properly Handle Extension of Benefits After Termination

    For various reasons—downsizing, poor performance, etc., employers have to terminate people.  Employers may want to continue the employee’s benefits for a few months during a severance period.  However, employers must keep in mind that all benefit plans, whether insurance-based or otherwise, have “eligibility” rules.  This article shows how an employer might find himself in “a pickle” if those rules are violated.… Read the rest

  • Transgender Restroom Access

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is offering employer guidance on restroom access for transgender workers. OSHA requires that all employers under its jurisdiction provide employees with sanitary and available toilet facilities. The core principle of the guidance is that all employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. The guide was developed through OSHA’s alliance with the National Center for Transgender Equality to help foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.… Read the rest


  • The Art of Asking: Salary Negotiation for Library Workers

    Join ALA-APA for an introduction to the principles of salary negotiation, with a focus on libraries. In this session, we will discuss salary and non-salary compensation issues to consider in library hiring and promotion, review best sources for library salary information, and offer concrete advice to empower library workers to negotiate with ease and confidence. Speakers: Tiffany Allen (University of North Carolina), Elisa Topper (McCook Public Library) and Dale McNeill (San Antonio Public Library).

    The Program will be held on … Read the rest


  • 5 Things You Need To Know About The May Jobs Report

    With the release of the May 2015 Jobs Report on June 5th, here are five things you should know about its numbers: 1. Record streak continues; This is the best jobs report of 2015 so far. The economy added 280,000 jobs in May, bringing us to 12.6 million private-sector jobs over the last 63 months. 2. Low unemployment; The unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.5 percent.… Read the rest


  • How to Say “NO” in a Sticky Situation

    Does your life sometimes feel overloaded?  Do you seem to find yourself saying “yes” when what you really want to say is “no” when asked to do something?  The author of this article gives four simple ways to help you begin to speak up and stop taking on so much.  The result will be a happier, healthier you.… Read the rest

HR Law

  • Hey Boss, Stop Harassing Me

    If your supervisor was harassing you, to who would you complain?  You probably wouldn’t feel comfortable complaining to your supervisor.  After all, this is the person committing the harassment.  This article discusses a case which makes it clear that employers need to provide training and other guidance to supervisors in how to handle such complaints—including if the complaint is made to the offending supervisor.… Read the rest

  • We Didn’t Know He Was Disabled: Do We Have to Accommodate Him?

    An employee was fired because he failed a drug test.  Subsequently, he sued the employer claiming that he was fired due to his disability.  However, the employer was not made aware of the disability until after the employee had been fired.  In the case discussed in this article, the court made it clear that when a disability is not obvious, the burden is on the employee to make the employer aware of the disability.  The same is true of … Read the rest