Volume 16, No. 8 • August 2019

Spotlight

  • Polishing Your Soft Skills – A Fantastic Opportunity You May Be Missing

    By Caitlin Williams. Ph.D.

    Over the past ten months, we’ve been looking at the importance of soft skills.  We’ve also looked at how to use them to advance your career. Whether you’re just out of school or a late-career library worker – and whether you’re in job-seeking mode or you’re a long-term employee at your organization – putting soft skills to work for you can make a huge difference.

    Yet, too often, many workers look instead to the latest technology Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Eight Things You Should Never Share at Work

    We spend a good percentage of our time each week at work. It’s only natural that we share details about ourselves with the people with whom we work. Sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways can be a great way to network and build strong relationships. However, disclosures that feel like relationship builders at the moment can wind up as obvious faux pas with hindsight. Trouble is, you can’t build a strong professional network if you don’t Read the rest

HR Practice

  • All Management Is Change Management

    Change is part of life. Someone gets married. Someone is born. Someone graduates. Someone gets promoted. Someone retires. Life is a cycle of change. Change is not always easy. Even happy events of change often require adjustments. This is true of life in general and of work in particular. Some employers encourage the treatment of change as something special and larger-than-life. They go all out to engage specialists to help employees prepare and adjust to change. But change is part Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Practice Being Kind to Yourself

    Do you take better care of your family and friends than yourself? Are you often the first to ask others how you can help them and then put off taking care of your own needs? According to this article, putting yourself last on the list for good care can harm your mental and physical health. The author suggests that you consider treating yourself like you would a good friend. This self-care includes choosing habits that support your whole self—mind Read the rest

HR Law

  • Could Video Interviewing Land You in Court?

    In an effort to reduce recruiting expenses, more employers are engaging candidates through technology. Many make use of video interviewing to narrow their pool and eliminate the costs of bringing large numbers of candidates onsite. This article warns companies that use artificial intelligence (AI) to assess video interviews to be aware of a new law. In May the Illinois Legislature unanimously passed the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act (AIVIA), which requires employers to notify candidates that AI will be used Read the rest

Unions

  • Negotiations Over Library Wages Stall in Washington

    Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) in Vancouver, Washington and the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA) bargaining unit that represents 163 FVRL non-management staff members are at an impasse in their wage negotiations, which began 15 months ago. According to this article, negotiations stalled after the WPEA filed a grievance in February against FVRL for failing to honor contract language. The WPEA also plans to file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, which will conduct Read the rest

  • Cuyahoga Falls Library, Workers at Odds Over New Union Contract

    Last month (July 2019) union library workers gathered outside of the Cuyahoga Falls Library (Ohio) to picket for a three percent wage increase and protection of full-time positions. According to this article, the union (Professionals Guild of Ohio Council 3) distributed fliers that said:”$15 per hour is being nationally considered for minimum wage, the requested raises would keep many of our employees at less than $11.50 through 2020.” It was reported to have been a total of 10 bargaining Read the rest