Volume 14, No. 1 • January 2017

We wish you a happy and healthy new year!

Career Advancement

  • Jump Start Your Year with Continuing Education

    The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week Current Issues course. The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays from January 9 –  February 19, 2017. The cost of the course is $350.  It’s not too late.  REGISTER NOW as the class has just started.

    This course will familiarize participants about international, national, state, and local issues, trends, legislation and demographics affecting their community and their staff. Featuring discussions on current Read the rest

HR Practice

  • How to Have Difficult Conversations

    While most people try to avoid having conversations that may be uncomfortable, there are some people who have a way of making difficult conversations seem effortless. Those who are successful in getting through tough discussions usually prepare for them. As a manager, there will undoubtedly be times when you must deliver unpleasant news, give unfavorable feedback, or even terminate an employee. How do you handle these situations in a way that causes the least amount of stress and saves face Read the rest

  • New Employee Making Old Employee Look Bad…Now What?

    How would you handle a situation where a new, younger employee is more tech savvy, eager to work and more productive than an older employee who has been with the library a considerable amount of time?  As the manager, would you tell the older worker to shape-up or else? Would you let the older worker go in favor of the more productive, younger one? The author of this article offers suggestions for both the manager and the older employee to Read the rest


  • Join Us at the Open House/Job Fair

    During the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta (Jan. 20-24, 2017) the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair.  Employers are given the opportunity to discuss what it’s like to work in your library/organization and community with conference attendees. There is no cost to participate.

    The Open House will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hall A3 of the Georgia World Congress Center. This robust Read the rest


  • Workers in 19 States Start the New Year with Higher Minimum Wages

    At the start of the new year, 19 states increased their minimum wages — improving the pay of over 4.3 million workers. Increases range from a low of five cents to a high of almost two dollars. This article details the percentages of workers who are affected in each state. It also includes a table showing which states have increased their minimum wage, what the new minimum amounts are, and a wage tracker which allows you to compare minimum wages Read the rest

  • Survey Says…. Majority of Professionals Support Unionization at Work

    Late last year the Department for Professional Employees (DPE) AFL-CIO sponsored a survey where more than 1,000 professional employees not currently represented by a labor union were interviewed. According to this report, they found that 56 percent of those surveyed approve of having a union at their workplace. The survey also showed that most professionals (61 percent) would support coming together in union to receive better salaries and raises. They also believe that union representation would improve Read the rest


  • 6 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress This Year

    If you find yourself slipping into a pattern of constant complaining, you may be inadvertently adding to your stress level. The author of this article suggests that if you can focus more on minimizing your complaining and maximizing your gratitude and excitement about life, you will likely feel a difference in your stress levels. As a result, you may experience more happiness and your overall satisfaction with life might improve. The author offers six easy things to do when you Read the rest

HR Law

  • Social Media Criticism: Can You Force Employees to Remove Posts?

    In the past, an employee’s critical statements about his employer might be heard or seen by a handful of individuals. Now, a single online post can reach tens of thousands of people. Because of social media, companies may be more sensitive to critical statements and likely to take swift action in response to negative comments by employees. However, employers must be careful. Some online posts may be protected by specific laws. The author of this article says that all companies Read the rest