Volume 16, No. 9 • September 2019


  • Job Satisfaction and Workplace Engagement in Libraries

    By Jason Martin, Ed.D.


    Job satisfaction and workplace engagement play a large role in the healthy functioning of any organization, libraries included. These two factors influence productivity, workplace behavior, organizational citizenship and affective commitment (the attachment to, and identification with, a workplace). Affective commitment supersedes all other organizational factors – including pay – to create a deep loyalty to the organization. Job satisfaction and workplace engagement each influence the other. The more engaged someone is, the more satisfied they Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Politics and Partnerships eCourse Begins Soon

    If you are interested in learning how to work with social, political and economic entities in order to promote, enhance and gain support for your library’s programs and services, consider taking a six (6) week, online asynchronous course. Starting September 16, 2019, the course is designed to provide participants with the ability to identify social/political/economic issues that may affect the library, the populations it serves, or its services. Participants will learn to develop relationships with people who can exercise influence Read the rest

  • What to Do When You Don’t Get a Promotion

    Have you ever applied for a job and didn’t get it? Most of us have. There are very few people who have gotten every job for which they have applied. How did you feel when you learned that you did not get the job? Were you upset? Did you feel rejected? Or did you try to act as if you didn’t really want the job anyway, so it was no big deal? Being passed over for a promotion—particularly when you Read the rest

HR Practice

  • How to Reduce Personal Bias When Hiring

    Most libraries and organizations say they want a diverse workforce. They even craft policies that dictate ways to achieve diversity.  However, when it comes to actual hiring practices, the results of searches often do not yield much change in the status quo—a staff that is largely homogeneous. This is because we all have biases that impact our professional decisions, especially hiring. Let’s face it, most people gravitate to others who are like them in some way. Perhaps you believe Read the rest


  • How to Stop Thinking About Work After Hours

    When you’re at home, do you think about projects you need to work on, or coworkers you need to talk to once you’re back at work? Sometimes it can be challenging to relax and let go of thoughts related to work. However, relaxing properly is essential to maintaining your physical and mental health. In a professional context, failure to relax can impact the quality and quantity of work you produce. According to this article, learning not to think Read the rest

  • Can I Use a Sick Day as a ‘Mental Health Day’?

    It’s almost the middle of September, which means fall will be arriving soon. The change of seasons often brings illnesses such as colds, seasonal allergies or the flu. Coworkers and supervisors usually don’t make you feel guilty if you take a couple of days off for these ailments. After all, no one wants you spreading your germs and making the entire staff sick. But what if you just feel “out of sorts?”  What if you’re not feeling physically ill — Read the rest

HR Law

  • Is It Legal to Dock the Pay of Employees Who Skip a Political Rally Being Held in the Workplace?

    Every year during the ALA midwinter meetings, my co-worker and I present a session on professional etiquette. One of the topics we advise workshop attendees to avoid is politics. Political discussions can lead to a variety of negative consequences —particularly in the workplace. Individual feelings about various politicians, the voting process in general, and political activities are all personal. Coercing employees’ attendance at political events is an ill-advised activity that does not bode well for employers. Though it may be Read the rest


  • Public Support for Unions Continues to Surge

    According to a recent press release from AFSCME, a new Gallup poll released last month reveals public support for labor unions reaching 64%—a near 50-year high. It is believed that the positive surge in approval demonstrates how effective unions have been in educating working people about the value and benefits of strong unions to their families and communities. The conversation related to unions will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion leading up to the 2020 elections.Read the rest