Volume 3, No. 11 • November 2006


  • Affordable Health Care Options

    Shop Smart!

    Several months ago I was asked by the Southern New Jersey Arts Council to come to Atlantic City to speak to its membership about health insurance. I agreed, but immediately felt a strong sense of cognitive dissonance—I imagined myself discussing pre-existing condition rules amidst the din of slot machines. But then it occurred to me—what better place to discuss health insurance than a casino? After all, isn’t gambling, rather than human … Read the rest


  • Nominees Sought for $5,000 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 who have had a local, regional or national impact. The winner will receive a $5,000 award, thanks to the SirsiDynix Corporation. Each nominee must have three nominations using the electronic application form at www.ala-apa.org/salaries/. The deadline is … Read the rest

  • Minneapolis Mayor Reveals Plans to Shut, Open Branches

    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is eager to reform the Minneapolis Library system budget, but library officials are unsure that his plan will provide thorough or lasting solutions to a long-running funding problem.

    The mayor’s plan will shut down three branches and reduce hours at the Central Library, saving $1.1 million. Rybak says these funds will allow him to re-open two other branches that have been closed for repairs and … Read the rest

  • “Prohibitive” Personnel Costs May Dampen County Takeover of Federated Libraries

    By Scott Williams, Milwaukee Journal Sentinal [WI], October 31, 2006

    Waukesha County had planned to take over all public libraries in the region, but a recent report suggests that resulting personnel costs would be “prohibitive.”

    The 16 public libraries of the Waukesha County Federated Library System are currently autonomous. Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson’s administration hoped that placing the libraries under county control would improve community access by merging smaller neighborhood libraries. The county also hoped the takeover would expand the … Read the rest

  • Denver Public Library Asks Mayor for $3.3 Million

    Denver Public Library officials seek a budget increase of $3.3 million. The library’s request is more than twice the amount recommended by Mayor John Hickenlooper’s office, $1.4 million.

    The library is eager to restore its budget, which has been reduced by $6 million between 2002 and 2005. The cuts have deeply impacted personnel. Staff has been reduced by 12%, from 460 full-time positions in 2002 to 416 in 2005. Library … Read the rest

  • Law Librarians Included in Settlement Reached in Monroe County Wage Dispute

    In an October 19 article, the Pocono Record announced that a state arbitrator ended the year-long wage dispute between Monroe County and Teamsters Local 229. The resulting settlement provides an 11% pay increase for law librarians and other Monroe County court employees.

    The salary adjustment affects 79 Monroe County employees. In addition to law librarians, the bargaining unit included court reporters, courthouse administrative assistants, domestic relations investigators and clerical … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Continuing Education in Your State—Where You Can Find It

    ALA-APA surveyed library associations and state libraries to capture local opportunities for you to grow in your career. Contact the associations to find out the details and how you can take advantage of their offerings. The reports give some information and the topic areas of workshops, courses and conferences, based on direct responses or information gleaned from the association’s Web site. The survey was conducted by Melanie Gray.

    Each report is organized by state and in PDF format.

    Continuing Education … Read the rest

  • ALA-NMRT Career Mentoring Program seeks experienced librarians

    Although the deadline has passed, think ahead for your chance to participate in a great new project from the New Members Round Table of American Library Association (NMRT) next year, to meet a new librarian ally, and to have someone to guide you as you learn the ins and outs of librarianship!

    The NMRT Mentoring Committee’s Career Mentoring Program focuses on long term mentoring. They will pair up “newbie librarians” with “seasoned vets” as part of a year-long mentoring program.… Read the rest


  • Update on the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

    • 39 candidates from AK, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NV, OH, OR, RI, UT, VA and the Bahamas
    • Candidates are graduates of more than 25 library schools, including Clarion University, Dominican (Rosary) University, Florida State University, Indiana University, Kent State University, Louisiana State University, Pratt Institute, San Jose State University, Simmons College, Southern Connecticut State University, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland,
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HR Practice

  • Mind Your Manners

    Courtesy Important For Employers As Well As Employees

    Even though unemployment is low (4.4 percent in October, according to U.S. Department of Labor) and the American Library Association has predicted a shortage of librarians, library job applicants still complain that employers fail to extend even the most common courtesies. In the words of one academic librarian:

    Is it really so difficult to type up a form letter that says “We received your application; thanks for your interest”?

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  • Librarian Salary Survey Reports Mean Librarian Salary Up More Than 4% to $56,259 in 2006

    The 2006 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic (previously known as “Librarian Salary Survey”) is available for purchase from the American Library Association (ALA) online store. With data from more than 1,000 public and academic libraries, the mean salary reported increased 4.6 percent from 2005, up $2,480 to $56,259 in 2006.

    Published by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the survey shows aggregated data from more than 10,000 individual salaries at the state and regional … Read the rest


  • Observations from the 2006 Librarian Salary Survey

    The findings of the 2006 Librarian Salary Survey (now known as ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic) suggest that many library professionals have seen substantial raises in pay over the last year, based on mean or average salaries for the nation. Several positions surveyed have enjoyed double-digit salary increases over those seen in the 2005 Librarian Salary Survey. In both public and academic libraries, the pay rate of beginning librarians has increased … Read the rest

Support Staff


  • Ethical Wills Provide a Bridge to Loved Ones

    My mother recently told me that she writes down feelings, thoughts and reflections so that I can read them when she dies. “They’re just scattered around the house, in notebooks, on napkins, anywhere really … for when I’m not here anymore,” she said. Though she does not realize it, my mom has created the makings of an ethical will that will someday serve as a gateway to the mind and heart of the woman I love most.… Read the rest