Volume 15, No. 10 • October 2018


  • The New Career Smarts: Zig-Zagging Your Way to Career Satisfaction

    By Caitlin Williams

    We all know that the “rules” for moving forward in our careers have changed considerably over the last couple decades. Rather than a career “ladder” where one moves steadily upward in lockstep fashion, career success these days is all about moving forward along a non-linear path – taking advantages of possibilities that present themselves and continuing to learn and upskill all along the way.  In this interview, you’ll meet someone who has done just that – shape Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • 4 Things You Won’t Know About Working on a Cross-Functional Team Until You Do It

    Some time in your career you will undoubtedly be asked to serve on a cross-functional team. You may know some of the people on the team. Others may be unfamiliar to you. Working on a cross-functional team isn’t always easy. It requires cooperation and a willingness for members to volunteer for specific projects. It may be helpful to understand each person’s work-style and reason or purpose for being on the team.  There are benefits to working on this type of Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Create a Culture Where Employees Ask for Feedback

    By Beatrice Calvin

    A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference on Learning & Leadership Development. It was a great experience. Of course, not all the speakers were setting the world on fire with their presentations. However, some of the speakers were amazing. Throughout the conference, I picked up several nuggets of information involving creative ways of thinking about a variety of workforce situations.

    One idea that I heard at the conference resonated with me. It was the notion Read the rest

  • 9 Tips for Dealing with Disagreement and Conflict

    “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Stephen R. Covey

    There are few people (if any) who can make it through a month—let alone a life time—without experiencing some conflict. If you’ve been on your job any length of time, you probably already know that conflict in the workplace is often unavoidable. The ability to recognize conflict, understand the nature of conflict and bring a quick and fair resolution to conflict is a critical skill for managers and leaders.  Read the rest


  • Join Us at the Midwinter Open House/Job Fair in Seattle

    During the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington (Jan. 25 – 29, 2019) the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair. Job seekers can attend and talk to any employer.  Hiring managers and human resource professionals 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/Job Fair will be held on Sunday, January Read the rest


  • Fireproof Your Life: How to Recognize Burnout and Escape Your Own Personal Inferno

    Have you ever felt tired and exhausted and just ready to give up on work completely? Probably. Most of us who have been working for any number of years has felt this way. There have probably been times when the stress of our daily routines causes us to feel so exhausted that we must take a break—mental and physical. Even if it’s for just a few days to relax on a beach, a nice little break can be just the Read the rest

HR Law

  • 3 Tips for Getting a Workforce Through Flu Season

    Influenza viruses—better known as the flu—typically spread in the United States annually from late fall through early spring. Most persons who get the flu recover without long-term effects. However, influenza can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and death, particularly among older adults, very young children, pregnant women, and those with certain chronic medical conditions. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends routine annual flu vaccination for all persons aged six months and older who do not have contraindications. Getting the vaccination Read the rest