Volume 3, No. 10 • October 2006


  • The NYT Librarian Award

    Recognition Overdue

    One day in 1998, Alyse Myers, then vice president of marketing for The New York Times, was scanning the paper when a feature about the opening of the newly remodeled Flushing Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library caught her attention. Although the article focused on the extremely diverse clientele, Ms. Myers began to wonder about the people who served them. Who purchased the books in 40-plus languages? Who answered the questions for those … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • Library Journal Seeks Movers & Shakers Nominations

    The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Their sixth annual Movers & Shakers supplement will profile 50-plus up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2007 will celebrate the new professionals who are moving our libraries ahead.

    Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2006. Movers Read the rest

  • Do Library Science Degrees Matter for Library Directors?

    We’ve heard whispers of dread concerning whether the MLS is becoming moot, particularly as a defining criteria for large academic and public library directors. A search of the LibraryLit database revealed only a handful of articles on changing degree requirements and those were primarily about functional specialists or directors of special and law libraries, which by nature benefit from specific types of subject expertse. The library job advertisements don’t seem to support the fear … Read the rest


  • Management Training for Public Librarians

    Apply to the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

    If you are a public librarian who is already a manager or who plans to become a manager, the Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) may help you reach your professional goals. CPLA is a post-MLS program for public librarians who want to know more about issues like budget and finance, personnel management, building maintenance, and technology management. Applicants should have an American Library Association-accredited MLS and three or more years of … Read the rest

  • Certification: Do You Want Your Institution to Be Involved?

    You may be thinking about whether you want your school, association, library or consulting business to be involved with the ALA-Allied Professional Association’s Certification Programs. We at ALA-APA thought you might be interested in knowing that the Certified Public Library Administrator Program is progressing quite well. We currently have 18 courses and the number is growing, but we still need more! We have 37 candidates, many of whom are already completing courses. Most providers are also having success at enrolling … Read the rest

  • Certification: Recognition of the Contribution Made by Paraprofessional Staff in Libraries and Information Services

    Reprinted with permission of the author and publisher. Originally published in ASSOCIATES (13, no. 1 [July 2006]).

    When I first entered the library profession many years ago I had my degree and my postgraduate qualification in librarianship and a few months practical experience. Quite rightly my professional association, the [Canadian] Library Association (now CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) required me to work for a year before awarding me a professional qualification. I was … Read the rest



  • Nominees Sought for $5000 Award for Improving Library Workers’ Salaries and Status

    The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is seeking nominees, both individuals and organizations, that have made a positive change in the salaries or status of librarians and/or support staff. The Award Jury is looking forward to receiving the stories of champions that have had a local, regional or national impact. The winner will receive a $5000 award, thanks to SirsiDynix. Each nominee must have three nominations using the electronic application form. The deadline is Friday, December 1, 2006.… Read the rest


  • Non-MLS Salary Survey Now Available

    The first edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS—Public and Academic is available. This is the first survey to collect information on a large number of the positions within libraries that do not require an MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution. This study is a companion report to the annual ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic (formerly ALA-APA Survey of Librarian Salaries) published by the ALA-APA and the American Library Association Office for Research and Statistics (ORS).

    The … Read the rest

  • Get a Free Copy of the Non-MLS Salary Survey for Analyzing the Data

    ALA-APA wants to give one or two people/institutions a free copy of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS—Public and Academic ($100 value). There are many questions that might be answered by the survey, such as:

    • How much do other people in my position make across the country? Where is the best place to live to do what I do?
    • How do salaries compare in academic and public libraries?
    • What Non-MLS positions are most lucrative in libraries?
    • How much education is required
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Support Staff

  • I Prefer To Be a “Paraprofessional” Instead of a “Librarian”

    That comment at the start of an e-mail sparked this article. Why this preference? Why not “go for it?”

    As a teen I took many aptitude tests and was always told, “You can do any thing you want!” In other words, the tests indicated that I could be a “jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.” I then thought of my love of the theater and considered making a career of managing them. After doing some research, I discovered … Read the rest


  • The Good and the Bad of Cohousing

    Cohousing has become an increasingly popular option for home buyers seeking an alternative to what the National Cohousing Association of the United States has called the absence of a sense of community typically found in contemporary cities and suburbs.1 While cohousing offers many benefits, there are numerous drawbacks to be considered before potential buyers make a commitment.

    Cohousing, which is a form of intentional community, originated in Denmark in the 1960s and was introduced to the … Read the rest

HR Law

  • National Labor Relations Board Redefines “Supervisor”

    October 1, 2006—The NLRB issued a lead case addressing supervisory status in response to Supreme Court decision in Kentucky River, a collective of three cases hinging on the definition of “supervisor.” The action is being criticized by Democrats and unions who argue that it could mean that there will be a separate class of workers who are neither truly management nor allowed to join unions. Business leaders argue that the change is appropriate and will not affect a large … Read the rest

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