Volume 16, No. 3 • March 2019


  • Want to Leverage Some Powerhouse Soft Skills? Put your Emotional Intelligence to Work to Advance Your Career

    By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

    Welcome back to this month’s Library Worklife! Here’s an interesting bit of information that should pique your interest in learning more about this month’s topic. Did you know that research has shown a strong link between performance, pay, and Emotional Intelligence? Read on to find out more…

    We’ve been looking at soft skills for a number of months now. This month we’re focusing on a particular set of powerhouse soft skills – those that make up Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • It’s OK to Say No to a Promotion

    Last week I attended a women’s conference. One of the speakers focused her presentation on a recent study on women CEOs. She gave quite a bit of statistics related to the characteristics of female CEOs. As I sat listening to the speaker, I realized that I was not fully engaged. I was thinking to myself, “This session should have been an elective.” I did not feel that the information was relevant to the full audience. Later, while discussing the session Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Transparency Builds Trust

    Many people feel confident moving to a managerial role because of their knowledge and experience. Often, they fail to realize that management requires more. It requires the ability to lead others. How can you demonstrate your leadership qualities? The author of this article suggests that the best approach is simply to be authentic. Being authentic is not just a matter of being your “true” self. It also involves managers being transparent. It means sharing information that team members need. It Read the rest


  • Prepare to Make Connections

    If you have any vacant positions, or plan to hire in the near future, meet with job seekers during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. (June 20 – 25, 2019) when Human Resource professionals, library directors, and hiring managers make real connections with exceptional candidates at every level. The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center offers private interview areas to ensure confidentiality. Reserve a recruitment booth now.

    If you’re not in a position to hire Read the rest


  • Do You Know the Signs of Stress?

    By Beatrice Calvin, MACMH, CDF

    If you told someone in the general public that library workers experience stress on the job, many people might find that difficult to believe. There is a perception that people who work in libraries sit around and read their favorite books all day. I don’t need to tell you how wrong this idea is. Let’s be real. Every profession and/or work environment has the potential to be stressful for its workforce.

    When asked to construct Read the rest

HR Law

  • Supreme Court Vacates 9th Circuit Salary History Ruling

    On February 25th, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated and remanded a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that salary history alone can’t justify pay gaps between men and women. Basically, the Supreme Court made a previous ruling invalid and sent the case back to the lower court from which it was appealed, with instructions as to what further proceedings should be had.

    The High Court’s decision to vacate the ruling will most directly affect employers who operate in Read the rest

  • DOL Releases New Overtime Proposal

    In a statement released last week (March 7, 2019) the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would make more than a million more American workers eligible for overtime.

    Under currently enforced law, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 annually) must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. Workers making at least this salary level may be eligible for overtime based on their job duties. This Read the rest