Volume 14, No. 5 • May 2017


  • Many Celebrated National Libraries Workers Day

    Over 1,000 individuals were recognized as stars on the ALA-APA web site during this year’s celebration of National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on April 11, 2017.  Celebrated annually, NLWD is a time for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. This year’s celebration featured nominations from 47 states, the District of Columbia and 6 countries from around the globe. 

    The day opened with a greeting from ALA President Julie Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Habits that Make You Appear Unprofessional at Work

    Sometimes we all need to be reminded of basic work rules. Simple things like showing up on time for meetings or not leaving dirty lunch dishes in the sink can make a big difference in how you’re viewed by others. You may not realize it, but you could be engaging in workplace habits that make you look unprofessional. In addition to annoying coworkers, your behavior could prevent you from getting a much-desired promotion. This article gives a list of 27 Read the rest

  • The Worst Times to Quit Your Job

    There could be a variety of reasons you may want to quit your job. Perhaps you’ve decided to be a stay-at-home parent. Maybe you hate your boss and just want to get away. Or perhaps you no longer enjoy what you do. Although all valid reasons for quitting, the author of this article suggests that you carefully consider all the factors involved when thinking about submitting your resignation. This article lists some of the worst times to quit a job, Read the rest

HR Practice

  • 38% of U.S. Employers Offer Paid Parental Leave

    According to a WorldatWork report, more than a third of U.S. employers offer paid parental leave. A survey found that employers offered the benefit despite the absence of a federal mandate. Parental leave is reserved for parents who are recovering from childbirth or who are adopting, bonding with or taking care of a child. Most of the employers offering paid parental leave (78%) make it available to all workers. Nearly half make employees eligible on the day they’re hired. Read the rest


  • How Prepared Are You for Retirement?  

    By Beatrice Calvin

    In a survey taken by TIAA-CREF, 64% of workers reported that it is hard to know what sources for advice and guidance they can turn to and who can be trusted when it comes to financial advice. More employers are realizing that they need to provide reliable, trust-worthy resources for employees. Employers understand that in order for employees to have confidence in their ability to retire, employees may need their help.

    Recently, my employer organized several half-day Read the rest


  • Why Kindness Works for Improving Career Success

    No matter what your current position or future goals for advancement may be, there’s one thing that will impact your career even more than competence or expertise – the way you treat others. The author of this article says that kind behavior recognizes others’ dignity and value in a very tangible way. We naturally work harder for and with those who treat us with respect, which can make individuals as well as teams (and ultimately the library or organization) more Read the rest

HR Law

  • Bill to Alter Private Sector FLSA Overtime Rules Passes House

    bill (H.R.1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017) that would allow nonexempt, private sector employees to choose either time-and-a-half overtime pay or an hour and a half of compensatory time off in exchange for working extra hours, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill attempts to take something that has been available to government workers since 1985 and extend it to private-sector employees. HRDive gives a brief overview and suggests that we keep an eye Read the rest

  • Be Careful What You Say When Discussing a Worker’s Pregnancy

    The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment. As this brief description of a recent court case demonstrates, supervisors and hiring managers must be especially careful about comments made regarding a worker’s pregnancy. Certain comments could lead to law suits against your library or organization. Read the rest