Volume 15, No. 4 • April 2018



  • Today is National Library Workers Day and Equal Pay

    National Library Worker’s Day

    Today, April 10th, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Established by the American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA), NLWD was designed as an opportunity to recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day.

    Do you know any library workers who should be recognized for the great work they do, their positive outlook, or the wonderful way they assist patrons? Consider submitting their names to the Read the rest

  • Lorelle Swader Appointed Associate Executive Director, ALA Offices and Member Relations, and the ALA-Allied Professional Association

    Join us in congratulating Lorelle R. Swader on her appointment as ALA Associate Executive Director, ALA Offices and Member Relations and ALA-Allied Professional Association.  In this position, Lorelle Swader will provide leadership and management for the ALA Office for Accreditation; Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services; Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment; Office for Intellectual Freedom; ALA Library and Research Center; ALA Public Programs Office; ALA Member Services, including Membership recruitment and retention and the ALA Member and Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

    The report which was released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) last month underscores the importance of life-long learning. For an opportunity to start or continue your road to continuous learning, consider taking one of these courses.

    The first course entitled Current Issues, scheduled May 14 – June 21, 2018 is designed to help you identify major current issues in public library management. In this course, you will learn how to identify how general political, economic or Read the rest

  • A Look at Postsecondary Work Credentials Beyond the Degree

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new Data Point report last month entitled Degree and Nondegree Credentials Held by Labor Force Participants. This report examines the rates at which working adults have attained either a postsecondary degree or a postsecondary nondegree credential, including postsecondary certificates, occupational licenses, and occupational certifications. The report uses data from the Adult Training and Education survey, conducted as part of the 2016 National Household Education Survey (NHES) program.

    Among the findings:

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HR Practice

  • How to Be a Good Boss When Your Team Is Understaffed

    Although the author of this article refers to entrepreneurs and startups, the suggestions that she offers are applicable to small library staffs or small departments within libraries. She suggests that managers roll-up their sleeves and work with their staff. The author also states that communication is key in defining clear expectations. Having a genuinely positive attitude will also go a long way towards promoting an effective and productive team.Read the rest


  • Still Time to Reserve a Recruitment Booth

    Human Resource professionals, library directors, and hiring managers who plan to attend the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans June 21 – 26, 2018, still have time to reserve a recruitment booth in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center. If you have open positions now, or anticipate having available positions in coming months, this is a perfect opportunity to meet with candidates from across the country.

    The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be Read the rest


  • Give Employees Time and Permission to be Well

    Often, we spend a lot of time taking care of others—children, older parents, a sick spouse or partner. In doing so, we sometimes neglect our own well-being. When employees don’t take the time to care for themselves, their productivity at work can be affected. This article suggests that employers do more to encourage employees to balance their work and personal lives in ways that make sense and help them be productive. The author states that if employers want to succeed Read the rest

HR Law

  • 7th Circuit: Psych Exam Following Bizarre Behavior was Reasonable

    With stories of mass shootings appearing in the news, employers are concerned about mental health in the workplace.  If an employee acts “strange” but does not make explicit threats, employers may be hesitant to take action. It can be difficult to know when an employee is acting “weird” or just having a bad day.  Employers can require employees to have psychiatric exams, but many don’t want to over-react and end up facing a discrimination charge or lawsuit. Under the Americans Read the rest