Volume 21, No. 5 • May 2024

Career Advancement

  • Do You Have Any Questions for Us?: Preparing to Be Your Best in an Interview

    You’re likely excited if your resume and credentials have moved to the top of the candidate pile and garnered the much-desired interview. What’s next? Preparation. You will want to put in the necessary time and effort to ace the interview. It goes without saying that you will research the library/organization. However, preparing for an interview requires more effort than simple basic research. This article offers more than thirty tips on the best ways to prepare for an interview. You’ll want Read the rest

  • Understanding the Role of Politics and Partnerships in Library Leadership

    Are you hoping to advance into a leadership role within your library? If so, are you prepared to rub shoulders with politicians, members of the library board, the media, and those who have influence within your library community? You may have the knowledge and skills to perform your current job. However, that may not be enough to propel you into a leadership position. In addition to having advanced knowledge and abilities related to strategic planning and implementation of policies and Read the rest

Certification

  • Congratulations to CPLA and LSSC Graduates!

    The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of the Certified Public Library Administrators (CPLA) designation and the newest recipients of the Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS) designation. Join us in congratulating the individuals listed below.

    Congratulations to the 2023 Class of Certified Public Library Administrators!

    The following individuals successfully completed program requirements and received the Certified Public Library Administrators (CPLA) designation in 2023:

    • Barbara Altilio, Clifton, NJ
    • Kathryn Angelo, West Long Branch, NJ
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HR Practice

  • Objectionable Hiring Methods Drive Skilled Talent Away

    Are you ready to make a job change? If you answered yes, then you won’t be surprised to learn that you are not alone.  According to a May 2nd report from hiring platform Greenhouse ─where 1,200 job seekers were surveyed─ nearly half of employees are on the move. Close to one in every two employees (42%) said they would actively look for a new job within the next six months. It seems candidates feel empowered to change jobs. Read the rest

Recruitment

  • Time Is Running Out to Register for the Job Fair

    If you’re looking to fill vacant positions in your library, consider participating in the Job Fair during the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in San Diego. The Open House/Job Fair ─ scheduled for Sunday, June 30, 2024, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ─ is the perfect place to have great conversations about open (or soon to be available) positions. 

    Although time is quickly running out, employers may still submit the online participation form. There is no cost to participate, but Read the rest

Salaries

  • DOL Will Raise Overtime Salary Threshold In July

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its long-awaited final rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule will expand overtime protections for millions of the nation’s lower-paid salaried workers by increasing the salary thresholds required to exempt a salaried bona fide executive, administrative or professional employee from federal overtime pay requirements. 

    Effective July 1, 2024, the salary threshold will increase to the equivalent of an annual salary of $43,888 and increase to $58,656 on Jan. Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Psychological Safety is Critical to Employees’ Well-Being

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. So we want to focus on improving mental health for employees through the provision of psychological safety. Psychological safety is the shared belief that employees can bring up problems, share ideas, take risks, and solicit honest feedback. Employees can speak up without fear of being punished, embarrassed, rejected or humiliated for sharing ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. When there is psychological safety, employees can feel comfortable showing up fully and bringing their whole selves Read the rest

HR Law

  • EEOC Releases Final Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released new final guidance on workplace harassment, replacing five previous guidance documents. 

    The guidance document addresses how harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; sexual orientation; and gender identity), national origin, age (40 or over), disability, or genetic information is defined under EEOC-enforced statutes and the analysis for determining whether employer liability is established. The guidance document is thorough in its explanations and provides Read the rest

Unions

  • Jefferson County (Colorado) Public Library Workers Make History

    Workers of the Jefferson County Public Library (Colorado) made history a couple of months ago (March 2024) by becoming the first group to organize a union under the state’s new collective bargaining law for county employees. According to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the workers voted to form a union with AFSCME Council 18. The 350 library workers won their union election on March 7 with 81% voting yes; the vote tally was 213-62. Read the rest

  • Recordings of Webinars Hosted by SSLW Committee Now Available

    The ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers Committee hosted two discussions this month. The recordings are now available free of charge.

    The first session, “What Comes after Unionization: Effective Engagement with Library Workers,” was held on May 8, 2024. A panel of experienced library leaders discussed ways to successfully engage with a unionized workforce. This event was designed for libraries that have unionized within the past five years and/or for libraries that appear to be heading towards unionization. The Read the rest