Volume 15, No. 12 • December 2018

Spotlight

  • Report Censorship: 5 Facts to Remember!

    By Kristin Pekoll

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. is relevant to so many aspects of our life personally and professionally.

    Today, I’m reminding you of the importance of reporting censorship and to not be silent about one of the core values of our profession; intellectual freedom. By reporting censorship to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) you are equipping us with Read the rest

HR Practice

  • How to Hire for Soft Skills

    In the Career Advancement section of last month’s issue of Library Worklife, Dr. Caitlin Williams began a series on soft skills. She stated that “Rather than thinking of soft skills as something that are the opposite of “hard skills”, it’s probably more useful to think of soft skills as a complement to hard skills – because it’s the combination of both types that will help you advance in your career. And it’s the combination of both types that Read the rest

Recruitment

  • Last Chance to Sign-Up to Recruit at ALA Midwinter Meeting

    If you have any vacant positions, or plan to hire in the near future, consider taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with job seekers during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington (January 25 – 29, 2019). This is the last chance for Human Resource professionals, library directors, and hiring managers to sign-up to participate in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center’s Open House/Job Fair. It will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, Read the rest

Salaries

  • IRS Warns Employers: Be Alert to Identity Theft and W-2 Scams

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), State Tax Agencies and the Tax Industry are working together to encourage both individual and business taxpayers to take steps to protect their tax data and identities in advance of the 2019 filing season.  Just like individuals, businesses may have their identities stolen and their sensitive information used to open credit card accounts or used to file fraudulent tax returns for bogus refunds. Employers also hold sensitive tax data on employees, such as Form W-2 Read the rest

Support Staff

  • The Difference is YOU! Honoring Support Staff

    By Kimberly Brown-Harden

    Every year, support staff get excited about a conference geared especially for them, called “The Difference is you!” Hosted annually by the Indiana State library, this conference is an opportunity for support staff to hone current skills or to gain new ones. The Cambridge Dictionary defines support staff as: “the people who work for an organization to keep it running and to support the people who are involved in the organization’s main business.”  Library support Read the rest

Work/Life

  • You’re Sick? Go Home!

    Have you ever gone to work when you were feeling not quite up to par—when you knew you were feeling ‘under the weather?’  What were your reasons for going in? You had an important meeting that you didn’t want to miss. You didn’t want to add to your colleagues’ workload. You wanted to save your sick days for when you “really” needed them. Whatever the reason, when you go in to work when you’re not feeling well, you run the Read the rest

HR Law

  • Employers: Address and Correct Racial Slurs Immediately…or Else

    We would like to believe that all employers take discrimination seriously and work diligently to keep it out of the workplace. However, it is evident by some recent cases, that this is not always the case. Employers have an obligation to take immediate and appropriate action if an employee reports discrimination -—no matter who the alleged perpetrator might be (i.e. a coworker, a supervisor, etc.). This article discusses a recent case which should serve as a stark reminder that the Read the rest

  • Standing Up for Pregnant Workers

    This year, 2018, marked the 40th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978. It is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and states that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII. Women affected by pregnancy or related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees who are similar in their ability or inability to work.Read the rest