Volume 13, No. 10 • October 2016


  • Creating an Engaged Community within the Library

    By Kathy A. Parsons


    The Iowa State University (ISU) Library began a self-examination and rebuilding process under the guidance of the interim dean in the late summer of 2014. Library staff met with cultural consultants who helped us to understand who we are, what we have in common, what makes us different, and where we can make improvements. Since then, we have started to create a culture of transparency, tolerance, and unity. In the Library’s recently revised Five Year Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Setting First-time Leaders Up for Success

    One company that studies leadership transitions found that while stepping up as a manager is one of the most courageous decisions in one’s career, more than 87 percent of first-time leaders feel frustrated, anxious and uncertain about their new role.  They say that the struggles of new leaders are both real and widespread.  This article examines what organizations can do to help increase the likelihood that their new managers and leaders will be set up for success, grow into the Read the rest

HR Practice

  • 10 Things You Should Never Share with HR

    Most Human Resources departments must serve the needs of the library/organization as well as the managers and general employees. At times, it can become a delicate balancing act. All HR departments do not necessarily operate the same.  The author of this article suggests that before you share a secret about yourself with HR at your workplace, you should know your HR staff. She explains that there are some things that you should never share with HR.Read the rest


  • Now is the Time to Reserve a Recruitment Booth

    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. Consider recruiting at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, January 20 – 24, 2017.

    There’s still time for human resource professionals, library directors, and hiring managers who plan to attend the Midwinter Meeting to reserve a recruitment booth in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center.  It will be Read the rest


  • Are You a Work Martyr?

    Summer is officially over. Did you go anywhere or do anything fun over the summer?  Did you spend time with family and friends at the beach? Did you take any time off from work to relax at all? If you answered no to most of these questions, you may be a work martyr. In explaining that there are countless benefits to having time off— including stronger workplace morale, increased employee productivity, and health benefits— the author of this article believes Read the rest

  • Stop Asking Yourself “What’s My Passion?”

    Are you tired of asking yourself, “What is my passion?” If you find this a difficult question to answer, you’re not alone. The author of this article says that trying to answer this question could be paralyzing for some people. She suggests that you ask yourself three alternative questions that are a little simpler to answer and a lot more helpful if you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life, your career, or just your next job. Read the rest

HR Law

  • Can You Require Employees to Take Flu Shots?

    As the weather turns colder, we are quickly moving into flu season. Many employers provide flu shots for their employees. But can you require your employees to take the shots? A hospital is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Pennsylvania federal court over this very issue.  The author of this article says that based on findings of this suit, the answer is a qualified yes.Read the rest

  • Watch Out for Witness Bias in Workplace Investigations

    Employment law attorneys say that employers need to keep a close eye out for potential biases of witnesses and managers when investigating employee complaints of workplace discrimination.  According to this article, lawyers who reviewed a ruling made in August of this year by a federal appeals court in New York, said employers should be more cautious and “think twice about relying on” statements by a complaining employee’s co-workers. Read the rest