Volume 18, No. 10 • October 2021


  • It’s Emotional Wellness Month

    By Beatrice Calvin

    “Emotional wellness” refers to our ability to process feelings in a healthy, positive way and manage the stress of everyday life.

    I’ve been excitedly awaiting autumn, the time of year when the leaves begin to fall and the temperatures turn cooler. It’s finally here. In my anticipation of autumn, I forgot that the days get shorter, and there are often more cloudy and dreary days than sunny ones. Today was one of those cloudy days. I wanted Read the rest


  • Registration for LibLearnX Opens This Month

    Start planning now to attend LibLearnX — an ALA member-based virtual experience designed to motivate, inspire, and engage in discussions that will shape the future of libraries and their communities. Scheduled for January 21st – 24th, 2022, LibLearnX will be a completely new experience built on years of research, exploration, and feedback from ALA Members, industry partners, and event planning experts. Registration opens on October 15, 2021. For more details, visit the conference site.Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • The Mindset of a Lifelong Learner

    How many times over the years have you heard that libraries are going away or that there will no longer be a need for library workers due to technology? It may be true that technology has changed the way many industries operate, and many processes have been transformed because of technology. However, countless articles* and reports extol the value of libraries and library workers. They seem to indicate that neither is going to disappear any time soon. But have you Read the rest

HR Practice

  • How to Lead When Everyone’s Mad at You

    If you are in a position that requires you to make decisions regarding budgeting, hiring/firing, strategic directions – well, any decision that could affect others – you may have experienced the feeling of disappointing someone. Often, when you must make decisions —particularly difficult ones— not everyone will be happy. That comes with the territory. During these times, transparency is critical. How you make and communicate decisions matters. The author of this article suggests you show vulnerability. If you admit that Read the rest

  • Fear of Negative Evaluation

    By Laurel Crawford, Sian Brannon, and Julie Leuzinger

    The “fear of negative evaluation” (FNE), first coined in 1969, is a social anxiety construct that affects many workers. The creators of the scale to measure FNE defined the construct as “apprehension about others’ evaluations, distress over their negative evaluations, avoidance of evaluative situations, and the expectation that others would evaluate oneself negatively.” Individuals struggling with FNE do not necessarily believe they are performing poorly, just that they are afraid of having Read the rest


  • More Equal Pay Days: Native American Women and Latinas

    Can you believe that it is already the middle of October? Where did the time go? For some people, it may feel as though the year flew past in a blur. For others, the time may have dragged on. This feeling may be particularly true if you are a Latina or Native American woman coping with financial struggles, trying to make ends meet. October 21st is the last Equal Pay Day of the year—and it belongs to Latinas. Equal Read the rest


  • Strategies for Better Time Management

    Are there times when you wished there were a few more hours in the day? Often, it can seem like there isn’t enough time to do all the things we want and need to do. We’ve probably all struggled with being more productive, trying to do too many things, and feeling like we can’t get a hold of our time. It happens. That’s life. But if we have too many days overloaded with too much to do, things can feel Read the rest