Volume 16, No. 4 • April 2019


  • Happy National Library Workers Day!

    Today, April 9, 2019, 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 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 ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars as part of the National Library Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • How to Work for a Boss Who Has Unrealistic Expectations

    Every manager occasionally has unrealistic expectations. But some supervisors are unrealistic most of the time. Perhaps they don’t consider the facts or limitations of projects. Or maybe they habitually refer to their past experiences at other libraries/organizations rather than to the people and events in the current workplace environment. When you work for someone like this, you can feel like you’re being set up to fail. You may have relevant data or experience that suggests your boss ought to consider Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Dispelling Intergenerational Workplace Cultures in Libraries Today: Who Does It Best?

    By Raymond Pun, Jahala Simuel, Eboni M. Henry and Sara Dallas

    At the 3rd national Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) in New Mexico last September (2018), we presented a session on intergenerational cultures which was intended  to examine the variances of generational cohorts that exist in today’s library workplace. Based on discussions held during the session, it is clear that this topic is important and relevant to all who work in libraries.

    We spend more time with Read the rest


  • 9 Things Never to Say in a Salary Negotiation

    Do you wish you made more money? Who doesn’t? When you were first offered your current position, did you just accept the salary offered? How often do you think to yourself, “I wish I had negotiated for a better salary?” Did you even consider negotiating, or were you just grateful to be offered a job? If it’s time for your annual review, are you preparing to ask for a raise? Or perhaps you’re nearing the end of the job interview Read the rest

  • The State of the Pay Gap

    Last Tuesday, April 2, 2019, was Equal Pay Day — the day that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Earnings for women who work full-time are only about 80% of their male counterparts’ earnings. There Read the rest


  • Bringing Work Stress Home?

    What goes with you on your commute home from work? For many, it’s work stress. While this may seem perfectly normal, the real question might be whether you let your work stress follow you home and affect your behavior. Do you often feel irritated when you walk in the door and your children’s games are not put away? Do you find yourself snapping at your partner over something minor? Let’s face it, any job can be stressful. On any Read the rest

HR Law

  • Congress Considering $15 Federal Minimum Wage

    The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 (H.R. 582/S. 150) calls for gradually increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $15/hour over a six-year period. After reaching $15/hour, the minimum wage would be indexed to median wage growth for the United States. Loss of value relative to inflation and rising housing costs has been cited as a problem for the minimum wage, which was last increased in 2009.

    Introduced in identical versions by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Read the rest

  • DOL Says Employers Cannot Designate More Than 12 Weeks of Leave as FMLA

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued an opinion letter on March 14, 2019, which states that “An employer may not delay the designation of FMLA-qualifying leave or designate more than 12 weeks of leave (or 26 weeks of military caregiver leave) as FMLA leave.”

    What this means in practical terms is that an employee who substitutes paid leave for unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act-qualifying leave must have the time counted against his or her FMLA Read the rest