Volume 15, No. 1 • January 2018



    By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

    Welcome back to Library Work Life and Happy New Year!

    As you make your new year’s resolutions and get yourself organized for the start of your work in 2018, wouldn’t you like some useful and timely information to give you an edge in growing your career? Well, here it is. This article provides information on trends that will enable you to get a head-start on moving forward in your job and your career.

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Career Advancement

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Cool in a Professional Environment

    Most of us have experienced times at work where strong emotions come into play and threaten to turn us into fire-breathing dragons. A difficult patron yells at you about something you can’t control, or your coworker won’t cooperate on something that seems so simple. These can be stressful situations that would frustrate any person. If you aren’t careful, you could say something that might have a negative impact on your professional image, and ultimately, your career. So how can you Read the rest

HR Practice

  • 9 Surprising Signs You’re an Exceptional Boss (That Most People Never Consider)

    If I asked you what kind of supervisor you have, you’d probably say something like, ”Oh, she’s okay.” If I asked you what kind of supervisor you are, you’d probably say, “I’m a great boss.” It’s funny how we can often see the flaws in others, but think of ourselves as perfect. Many people are good bosses. Some are even great bosses. A select few are phenomenal. This article describes ways of functioning as a supervisor that often go unnoticed, Read the rest


  • Minimum Wage Increased in 18 States

    While New Year’s Day was a day of celebration for many, it was also the day that many new employment laws became effective. As a result, employers must pay close attention to municipal and state regulations, as well as federal changes to ensure compliance, especially when it comes to the multitude of minimum wage increases. Unfortunately, the U.S. minimum wage has remained stagnant for nearly a decade. The last time the federal minimum wage increased was in July 2009 (from Read the rest


  • 12 Cups of Tea

    By Beatrice Calvin, MACMH, CDF

    Recently, I read an article entitled 50 Cups of Coffee. The author talked about meeting with a different person each week to have focused “discussions about an idea you’re both interested in, or where the other person can give you input on something they like discussing.” After a bit of reading, I discovered that this is not a new concept. Basically, it involves meeting with someone you’re not overly familiar with for a Read the rest

  • How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution

    Okay, it’s brand new year and a brand new you. You’re ready for new and exciting things to happen. Did you make any resolutions about things you want to change or do differently? If so, you’ve probably heard the statistic that more than half of all resolutions fail. By the middle of February, most people have given up on their resolutions.  I’m not trying to rain on your parade. Don’t let the statistics keep you from starting. You don’t have Read the rest

HR Law

  • Managers, Be Fair When Granting (or Denying) Requests for Leave

    To many employees, time off is just as valuable as wages. It can mean some semblance of work/life balance for many. Requests for time off could even be related to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). That’s why it’s essential to administer leave benefits fairly and equitably. Denying one worker’s leave request while allowing another worker to take time off could trigger a lawsuit if someone from another protected class is allowed to take more leave. This article briefly describes Read the rest

LW Tip

  • National Library Workers Day is Coming Soon

    Celebrate the stars in your library! Recognize all library workers who make library service possible every day on National Library Workers Day (#NLWD18), Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  This day is designated as a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all of those who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations are encouraged to host a celebration and submit stars to honor great workers, teams or departments.  

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