Volume 14, No. 4 • April 2017

Happy National Library Workers Day! We appreciate and celebrate all library workers.


  • Celebrate National Library Workers Day Today

    Today, April 11th is National Library Workers Day (NLWD).  It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

    Do you know any library workers who should be recognized for the great work they do, their positive outlook, or the wonderful way they assist patrons? Consider submitting their names to the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars as part of National Library Workers Day celebration.

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Career Advancement

  • 3 Ways to Challenge Yourself Professionally

    Do you ever go to work and think to yourself, “This is going to be another boring, routine day?” There are days when all we want is routine; but sometimes we want more. Sometimes you want to feel exhilaration and excitement in your job.  Sometimes we want to feel challenged. The author of this article suggests that challenging yourself means seeking out the anxiety-provoking, limit-stretching opportunities and using them to help you grow. She offers 3 recommendations for how you Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Experience Doesn’t Equate to Management Readiness

    How does your library/organization choose who to promote to supervisory positions?  Often, individuals who do specific tasks well are promoted to oversee and train other employees.  But does doing one or two things well mean that person will be a good supervisor? People can be thrust into supervisor roles with little or no training on how to effectively lead others. The author of this article says promoting proven staff to higher level positions is a great practice – if you Read the rest


  • Recruitment Booths Still Available for ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago

    Human Resource professionals, library directors, and hiring managers who plan to attend the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago June 22 – 27, 2017, 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.  

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  • Self- Care: Your Greatest Responsibility

    When you compile your daily to do list, what do you put at the top? For many people the most important priority may not even be on their list. The author of this article says the most important priority needs to be you!  Many of us have no problem finding time to take care of others. However, if we don’t take care of ourselves, at some point we could find that we are no longer effective at much of Read the rest

  • A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health

    Are you a generally optimistic person? Do you try to find the good in most situations? If you responded yes to these questions, then you may find yourself in better health than those who said no. This article cites several studies which suggest that having a positive outlook may improve your health and could actually extend your life. It can be particularly beneficial for those who may be facing serious health challenges. If you’re not one of those people who Read the rest

HR Law

  • When is Bad Workplace Behavior Not Protected Under ADA?

    Most employers have rules to govern workplace behavior. However, enforcement of these rules may depend on several factors if an employee has a disability. According to this article, when addressing misconduct by an employee with a disability, the first question that needs to be resolved is whether there’s a causal link between the employee’s disability and the behavior. That’s important in determining whether termination or other discipline is lawful.  An employer must be in compliance with current Americans with Read the rest