Volume 16, No. 5 • May 2019


  • Teamwork: The Perfect Place to Practice Your Soft Skills

    By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

    Welcome back, everyone! Over the past six months, we’ve looked at a definition of soft skills, why they are so crucial in the workplace, how you can polish them to help in your job search and interviews, and how they can make a huge difference in your everyday interactions with colleagues.

    Now it’s time to take an even broader look at the value of soft skills – this time through the focus on how soft skills Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • How Much Time Do You Waste at Work Each Day?

    How do you spend most of your time at work? Do you put out fires all day long? Do you respond to emails for a large portion of your day? Are you in meetings? Do you spend time chatting with co-workers who just stop by? Do you often feel like you’re not getting much accomplished because of other people’s demands on your time? If you said yes, you’re not alone. The number of distractions and interruptions we experience in any Read the rest

  • Four Things for New Graduates to Consider Before Accepting Your First Job

    New graduates usually experience excitement as they shake the hand of university presidents and pick up their diplomas. They eagerly (and sometimes anxiously) anticipate starting new careers. But this sentiment can quickly turn to discouragement with the realization that launching the perfect career is not as easy as you may have thought. If you didn’t begin your job search months before graduation, you might be in for a rude awakening. A successful job search can take months. If you’re not Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Managing When the Future is Unclear

    If your library or organization has ever gone through change —and who hasn’t—then you probably know what it feels like to experience ambiguity. Strategic uncertainty can feel like slogging through mud. Leaders avoid investments. Decisions are deferred. Resources are frozen. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt can drive behavior. Employees leave. Morale dives. It can all be overwhelming. How do you continue to lead your staff when it isn’t clear where you’re going or how you’ll get there? How do you handle Read the rest


  • Time’s Up! Last Chance to Sign-up for the Open House/Job Fair

    During the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. (June 20 – 25, 2019) the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair on Sunday, June 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Individuals can attend and chat with any employer. Hiring managers and human resource professionals are given the opportunity to discuss what it’s like to work in your library/organization and community with conference attendees. There is no cost to participate. Only Read the rest


  • Are You Too Hard on Yourself?

    Do you often blame yourself for things that are out of your control? Do you take responsibility for situations that you shouldn’t? You might be your harshest critic. But did you know that being too hard on yourself can be bad for your mental health?  Sure, there are times when we must take responsibility for our actions. However, according to this brief article, when we consistently judge ourselves too harshly and have a difficult time accepting ourselves, we Read the rest

  • Wellness Programs at ALA 2019 Annual Conference in DC

    If you have ever attended one of the ALA Annual Conferences, you know it can be a bit overwhelming to think about all of the scheduled programs, meetings and events. Part of having a successful Conference experience includes the ability to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. To help you with this endeavor is a variety of sessions that can be a resource for you both at Conference and once you return home. Wellness programs at the ALA Read the rest


  • Illinois Governor Bans Local ‘Right-to-Work’ Zones

    Making good on his promise to put Springfield back on the side of working families, on April 12, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act (SB 1474), protecting the right of employers, employees, and their labor organizations to collectively bargain and ensuring that the State of Illinois complies with the National Labor Relations Act. The bill bars local governments from establishing right-to-work zones. It was passed with strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate and Read the rest

  • University of California Libraries Reach Agreement with Union

    According to Martin Brennan, copyright librarian at UCLA, contract negotiations between the University of California (UC) and the librarian’s union, the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) were successful. They agreed to a new salary structure which will see UC librarian salaries increase 22 – 26 % over the next five years, with the highest percentage gains going to assistant and associate librarians. Brennan stated that “our members have been struggling to afford California’s high cost of living, and Read the rest