Volume 19, No. 12 • December 2022

Spotlight

  • We Need to Talk About How We Treat Library Workers Who Are Neurodivergent – Part One

    By Kelley McDaniel

    How does your library encourage and accommodate patrons who have dyslexia or other learning differences? What about patrons who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other neurobehavioral differences? And how about patrons who have dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or other developmental differences? What these diagnoses have in common is that they all fall under the umbrella of neurodiversity. Neurodiversity is a relatively recent term (coined in the 1990s) that recasts the notion that there is Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Library Workers: Organize and Activate Join the Live Discussion at LibLearnX

    Join ALA President Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada and ALA President-Elect Emily Drabinski when they host and moderate the ALA Presidential Program, Library Workers: Organize and Activate on the Main Stage, Sunday, January 29, 8:30 am – 9:45 am during LibLearnX in New Orleans. Learn more and register today! 

    LibLearnX is a must-attend learning experience designed for library workers from all library types and career levels. Take advantage of this opportunity to attend a diverse selection of more than 120 education Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Employers Can Help Employees Prepare for Retirement

    Recently, I reconnected with several friends from college. We had a great time catching up. I was shocked to learn that some of them had already retired! I couldn’t believe it. I know I’m getting close to retirement age, but I’m not there yet. Not wanting to pry into others’ lives too much, I had to wonder why such early retirements. Many of us read about how the pandemic might have impacted the timing of planned retirements, sometimes causing people Read the rest

  • How to Create a Workplace Violence Plan

    Many of us think of the holiday season as a time of love, peace, and joy —when everyone is happy and treats others with kindness. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of year. It can be. However, it can also be a time of stress, frustration, misunderstanding, friction, and violence. It is believed that violence increases during the holidays. This might be true for several reasons. People may get less sleep, causing them to be crankier than usual. Read the rest

Work/Life

  • How to Take a Mental Health Day that Will Actually Benefit You

    It is normal to need breaks to rest and recharge periodically. If you find yourself developing a pattern of low mood or irritability at work, if you find yourself more distracted than usual with an inability to concentrate, or if you have consecutive days where you just can’t get motivated to get much done, it may be time to request some time off —a mental health day. In the same way, you might take a sick day if you are Read the rest

  • Managing Mental Health Around the Holidays

    I have a co-worker who lives in Chicago, while her parents and siblings live in another state. She can’t travel to see them, so she feels lonely and lost this holiday season. I have another friend who lost a loved one during the pandemic. She is on a grieving journey, working through a process. The holidays are not joyous for her. These are just a couple of examples of why the holidays might not be merry and bright for everyone. Read the rest

HR Law

  • Employers Must Accommodate Those with Long COVID

    Although many people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected. They may also experience new or recurring symptoms at a later time. This can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the initial illness was mild. People with this condition are sometimes called “long-haulers.”  This condition is known as “long COVID.”

    Due to the rise of long COVID as a persistent and significant health issue, Read the rest