Volume 13, No. 5 • May 2016


  • How One Library Celebrated National Library Workers Day: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ohio

    _DSC2354In celebration of National Library Workers Day this year (April 12, 2016), Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) of Parma, Ohio, sent sets of note cards that reflected the art created during the library’s 2015 Stories Connect Us project. Sari Feldman, Executive Director of the CCPL and President of the American Library Association, said that the cards represented “the creativity and imagination that library workers help to inspire every day through their work.”

    The artwork featured on the cards was created Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Job Search Strategies Offered in Workshops at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando

    One of the best ways to gain knowledge on how to succeed in a job search is by attending face-to-face sessions where you can ask questions and practice what you’ve learned.  The American Library Association (ALA) provides opportunities to help you prepare for job searches through a number of workshops.  During the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host several workshops. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not Read the rest


  • Congratulations to CPLA and LSSC Graduates

    Congratulations to those who have recently become credentialed through the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) or Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) programs. Those who earn these designations are proven leaders in all aspects of the library profession.

    The CPLA program is a voluntary, post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three or more years of supervisory experience. CPLA candidates must successfully complete coursework in seven of nine competency/standard areas.  To earn the LSSC, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirementsRead the rest

HR Practice

  • 5 Easy Ways to Get Your Team to Trust You

    Managing a team is hard work. It’s even harder if your team doesn’t trust you. Without trust, the group of people you manage won’t be much of a team. You may have a number of problems including lower productivity and high turnover. The author of this article says that earning and keeping your team’s trust takes effort and your consistent dedication. She offers five easy ways you can build your team’s trust.Read the rest

  • Manager Mistakes that Could Lead to Lawsuits

    Most lawsuits are not triggered by great injustices. Instead, according to this article, simple management mistakes and perceived unfairness often lead employees to become discontent and then seek advice from lawyers. Some laws allow employees to sue their supervisors directly, meaning a manager’s personal bank account could be affected. It seems prudent then, that we pay attention to this list of the 12 biggest mistakes that managers make which could potentially harm their employer’s credibility in court.Read the rest


  • Still Time to Reserve Recruitment Booth for ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando

    Human Resource professionals, library directors, and hiring managers who plan to attend the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando June 23 – 28, 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


  • 5 Habits You Can Start Today to Improve Your Quality of Life

    If you are like most people, you’re bombarded with distractions— e-mail, television, constant interruptions— from the time you start your day. If not handled properly, these distractions can become a source of stress. The author of this article suggests that when you do the things that are most important to you first, you free up energy for everything else on your list, reducing the possibility of your experiencing chronic stress. What you do the first 30 minutes you’re awake and Read the rest

  • What Are the Leading Causes of Stress for Americans?

    New research found that discrimination is one of the leading causes of stress for Americans. Almost half of adults experienced major forms of discrimination such as being unfairly fired or denied a promotion. According to this article, other stress factors reported in the study include work, money, the economy, health concerns and family responsibilities. It seems that a large amount of stress can have a negative effect on your health.  In the article, Dr. Ahsan says it’s important to Read the rest

HR Law

  • Can Medical Marijuana Be Banned from the Workplace?

    According to an attorney tackling employers’ questions regarding drugs, the legal answer to this question hasn’t been completely resolved if an employer allows other prescriptions to be taken at the workplace. The laws are changing fast. Employers should expect more legal challenges to be brought regarding legal marijuana use in the future, especially as it relates to drug testing and termination as a consequence of test results.Read the rest