Volume 14, No. 9 • September 2017


  • Thriving in Your Profession and in Life

    By Caitlin Williams

    “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

    Hello Everyone!

    I’m delighted to welcome all our readers to the newest feature in the Spotlight section of the Library Worklife Newsletter.

    Because the field of library and information science is expanding and changing rapidly, we want to give you resources to help you enter – or continue Read the rest


  • What’s New in Library Worklife

    By Beatrice Calvin

    This month we will be kicking-off an exciting new series focused on giving you the latest information, support and ideas for advancing your career and expanding your options within the Library and Information Science field.

    Starting today and for each month over the coming year, we’ll be bringing you interviews, podcasts, articles and more – with the help of our career consultant, Dr. Caitlin Williams.  Caitlin has been partnering with the ALA Office for Human Resource Development Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Time to Update Your Skills

    By Beatrice Calvin

    It’s that time of year again—classes are back in session. You may not want to go back to school, but you can still take courses to improve some areas of your life. Keep in mind that one sure way to increase your chances of getting a promotion or a new work assignment, is to improve your knowledge and skill level. In coming months, the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) will be offering several Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Your Library

    As residents of several states and other locations around the world assess the damage of recent disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, we are all reminded just how quickly a situation can escalate and become life-threatening. For employers, planning for emergency situations long before they occur is not only a best practice — it could also save lives. This article provides a quick guide to disaster preparedness in the workplace, including brief discussions on notification systems, evacuation routes, and other … Read the rest


HR Law

  • 5 Things Employers Can Do to Avoid Disability Discrimination Lawsuits

    According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge statistics, over 28,000 disability discrimination charges were filed with the agency last year. It’s no secret that discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims based on disability cost employers plenty—and it’s not just the dollars awarded in damages. It’s the expense of litigation. It’s the time employers must spend defending claims. It’s the bad publicity for the company. It’s the damage to employee morale. This article provides suggestions to help employers avoid Read the rest