Volume 17, No. 2 • February 2020


  • Census 2020 is Coming

    We know that library staff across the country are working hard to finalize everything needed to support a 2020 Census that is fair, accurate and inclusive. 

    The Census Bureau will begin mailing documents on March 12, and Census Day is officially April 1. As the countdown progresses, Kathi Kromer, Associate Executive Director, Public Policy and Advocacy at the American Library Association, wants to share a few essential resources:

    • Most Importantly: We are entering a period of elevated risk and misinformation
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  • Are You Ready for National Library Workers Day?

    This year, National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. 

    Libraries and organizations are encouraged to host celebrations and submit names of stars to honor great workers, teams and departments. Now is an excellent time to start planning your activities and events to recognize library workers who make library service possible every day. 

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Career Advancement

  • Signs the Job You’re Applying for Could Be a Nightmare

    What would be a nightmare job for you? Would it be a supervisor who doesn’t know the first thing about managing people? Would it include co-workers who gossip about each other and create a negative environment? Would it be a workplace that does not value its people, doesn’t give pay increases, doesn’t offer opportunities for growth or plan activities for its employees’ well-being? Some things you can’t discover about a job or workplace until you are in a position. However, Read the rest


  • Congratulations to CPLA & CLSS Graduates

    Congratulations to the 2019 Class of Certified Public Library Administrators!

    The following individual successfully completed the program requirements and received the Certified Public Library Administrators (CPLA) designation in 2019: 

    • Harriett Protos White MFO – SC Library APO  AE

    Did you know you can earn 10 hours towards your recertification by attending the 2020 Public Library Association’s (PLA) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this month? Please visit the PLA Conference website for information and to register.

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HR Practice

  • Seven Ways to Motivate Employees in the New Year

    Are you the type of manager or human resource professional who believes that it is not your responsibility to motivate employees? Yes, some employees are motivated by feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement for meeting personal and professional goals. Many are self-disciplined and self-motivated. But how would you feel about an employee who came to work but wasn’t engaged? Who had no energy or creativity, showed no initiative, didn’t get much accomplished, wasn’t committed to your goals Read the rest



  • Tips to Stay on Track with Your Resolutions

    Did you make any resolutions at the beginning of the year? If so, how are you doing on them? If you’re like most people who make resolutions, you may have given up on them already. Several studies related to new year’s resolutions indicate that anywhere from 43% to as high as 88% of people who make resolutions fail —some before the end of January. These numbers can be discouraging; it’s tempting to wonder why we should bother making resolutions at Read the rest

HR Law