Volume 16, No. 12 • December 2019

Spotlight

Career Advancement

  • Eight Signals You Send More Than Anything Else During an Interview

    Have you ever been in an interview as a job candidate and started rambling during one of your responses to a question? Or, have you ever practiced so much for an interview that you felt like a robot as you gave answers to anticipated questions? How did you feel after the interview? Did you hope the interviewer didn’t notice that you were not concise in your response? Were you praying that the interviewer found you warm and friendly (but you Read the rest

  • Career Guidance Sessions at the ALA 2020 Midwinter Meeting

    If you plan to attend the ALA 2020 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia next month (Jan. 24-28, 2020), and you’re looking for resources to help you navigate your career, consider attending the sessions listed below. They are being hosted in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center and held in the Philadelphia Convention Center.

    SATURDAY, January 25, 2020

    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.; Mid-Career Options: What’s Next for You?
    • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Insider Tips on Applying for Library
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HR Practice

  • Ridding the Workplace of Sexual Harassment Means No More Excuses

    A new year is almost here, and still we are bombarded with stories in the media of continuing accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace. In the last few years, HR professionals rushed to ensure staff were trained regarding appropriate behavior. Mandates were issued requiring employees to watch brief videos on sexual harassment. Believing that their responsibility was met, in many cases, nothing more was done. There were no sweeping changes. Work life continued as usual. However, with mounting lawsuits, Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Ways to Balance Work, Stress and the Holidays

    By Beatrice Calvin

    “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”  What am I referring to? The holidays, of course! We have passed Thanksgiving and are moving into full holiday mode. Although the holidays can be joyful, they can also be quite challenging. What causes some people to feel overwhelmed and stressed? Stress can be quite subjective. What causes one person to feel stressed might not affect another person at all. 

    If you research stress, you’ll Read the rest

  • How to Let Go of a Grudge at Work

    Perhaps you were denied a hard-earned promotion. Maybe a hiring freeze means you have taken on additional responsibilities (without additional compensation), or someone claimed your idea as their own. How long should we hold on to our anger? How do we move past it? We’ve probably all heard about how holding on to anger can affect our health in negative ways (e.g. can lead to stress, high blood pressure, etc.). However, even if we know the consequences of holding Read the rest

HR Law

Unions

  • Librarians Among University Staff on Strike Across UK

    Over 40,000 librarians, lecturers, technicians and other staff went on strike, picketing 60 universities across the United Kingdom as of Monday, November 25, 2019, according to The Guardian. The strike was due to continue for eight days with the possibility of a second strike in the new year if demands are not met.

    What’s the reason for the strike? The University and College Union (UCU) members and supporters complain that administrative salaries and benefits are exorbitant, while salaries of Read the rest