Volume 4, No. 2 • February 2007


  • Winners of 2006-2007 SirsiDynix–ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers Announced

    Three winners were selected for the 2006–2007 SirsiDynix Award at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. These three winners fulfilled the criteria for the award in exceptional ways:

    1. Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, Florida
    2. Connie Vinita Dowell, San Diego State University
    3. Teresa McMahan, Sullivan County Library System, Blountville, TN

    Watch for more information in an upcoming press release. Jury members were Barbara J. Ford, Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Peter McDonald, Syracuse University; John Jessee, Jacksonville (FL) Public Library.… Read the rest

  • Ignored Too Long

    The Benefits of Managing a Library with a Union, Part III

    (This article is adapted from the program sponsored by American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 25, 2006. This article does not explicitly speak for the authors’ employers, employees or coworkers.)

    Nightmare Scenario or Fairness in Action?: A Dismissal

    A unionized academic library suffered extraordinary turnover among evening circulation … Read the rest


  • National Library Workers Day Is Coming Soon!

    National Library Workers Day will be Tuesday, April 17, 2007, and it’s time to start thinking about how you will celebrate and draw attention to the work that you do!  We have lots of ideas to give you a head start.… Read the rest

  • Library Lovers Day Is February 14 in Australia

    Valentine’s Day has been repurposed in Australia as a day for celebrating all the reasons Australians love libraries—www.librarylovers.org.au.  This is the first official year of celebration; could it catch on in the United States?… Read the rest

  • Best Careers 2007

    A December 18 article in U.S. News and World Report identifies librarianship as one of the 25 most desirable careers of 2007. The article cites “reasonable” work hours, varied and challenging work responsibilities, and contact with the community as particularly attractive aspects of librarianship.

    Other desirable careers include the clergy, optometry, and urban/regional planning. The survey’s results reflect pay, status and quality of life allowed by … Read the rest

  • University of Hawaii Library Lacks Funding for Books

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa has instituted a hiring freeze of library staff and faculty. The library cannot fill open positions due to drastic budget cuts made necessary by the rising cost of print and electronic publications.

    The acquisitions department also suffered cuts; the library will add no more than 6,000 books to its collections until mid-summer.

    Science department librarian Sara … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Got Skills?

    Skillshares Facilitate Communication among LIS Professionals

    On September 16, 2005, the Simmons’ Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) and Simmons’ American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) co-hosted a Skillshare. The GSLIS Skillshare, held at Simmons College, provided a forum for people from all levels of librarianship to exchange valuable knowledge and skills. In a skillshare, knowledgeable people conduct round tables where people learn together from participants’ experience in any number of fields: one can … Read the rest

  • Professional Development

    Online Resources

    The University of Texas Austin iSchool offers free, comprehensive workshop downloads that address resume and interview preparation. The basics of resumes, cover letters, interviewing and career fair success are described in easy-to-read and colorful handouts by Ronald D. Pollock, Director of Career Services at UT Austin’s School of Information. www.ischool.utexas.edu/careers/workshops.php

    Rachel Singer Gordon’s website www.lisjobs.com is an excellent resource for advice about and articles on librarianship. Featured are sections on interviewing, salaries, early career librarianship and specialties within … Read the rest


  • CPLA Midwinter Update

    After almost a year, there have been many accomplishments to report with regards to the ALA-APA CPLA certification program.

    1. Currently, there are 66 candidates from 30 states (AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WY) and the Bahamas.

    2. Candidates are graduates of more than 33 library schools across the country, including Clarion University, CUNY Queens College, Dominican

    Read the rest

HR Practice

  • ALA-APA Union Wiki Is at Your Service

    The long-awaited Union Wiki is ready for your reading and editing pleasure. Visit http://ala-apaunion.pbwiki.com and see what you can learn about and add to concerning unions in libraries. The password for editing is apaedits. Enjoy!… Read the rest

  • Are You Eligible for a One-Time Refund of Excise Tax on Phone Service?

    You may not realize it, but the federal telephone excise tax has been part of your telephone bill for years, and you may now be eligible for a one-time tax refund by claiming a special credit on your 2006 federal income tax return if:

    • You have been billed for the federal telephone excise tax on long-distance or bundled service after February 28, 2003 and before August 1, 2006 for landline, wireless or Voice over Internet Protocol
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  • Resolution on Minimum Librarian Salary Passed

    At the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA-APA Council passed a resolution on a Minimum Librarian Salary of $40,000.  The movers were Michael McGrorty, Councilor at Large, and Rob Banks, Kansas Chapter Councilor.


    WHEREAS, The among the stated goals of the Allied Professional Association is “Direct support of comparable worth and pay equity initiatives, and other activities designed to improve the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers;”1 and… Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Tennessee Library Support Staff Want Equitable Compensation, Career Ladders and Continuing Education

    TLA Survey Results

    This article is reprinted with permission.  The article was originally published in Tennessee Libraries 56, no. 4 (2006).

    Emerging trends, such as the information commons model, e-reference services, e-enhanced patron empowerment features, and the increasing reliance on electronic resources, have allowed support staff to assume duties that were formerly performed only by professional librarians. In many cases, the additional duties that accompany these emerging … Read the rest

  • National Library Technicians Day Celebrated in Australia in May

    Just as the ALA-APA encourages the library community to celebrate National Library Workers Day on the Tuesday of National Library Week, so the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) celebrates National Library Technicians Day (NLTD) on the Tuesday of Australian Library Week. According to the ALIA website, National Library Technicians Day promotes ALIA and library technician membership on a national basis and actively represents the interests of library technicians in national forums. On May 23, 2006, 230 library technicians and … Read the rest


  • Getting to Know You

    How to Effectively Introduce Yourself in a New Job

    Whether you start a new job or take on a new role in an old job, you must establish your new position with others. After two recent job transitions, I have found a useful way to introduce myself to the specific people with whom I hope to collaborate in my position. The following formula has brought me success.

    1. Make the First Move.

    I’ve learned that you can’t … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Heard on the Hotline

    When May Employees “Volunteer” Services?

    Reprinted with permission from the Management Association of Illinois’ Web site, www.hrsource.org.  The article was posted on January 2, 2007.

    A member recently posed the following question:

    We are thinking of asking non-exempt employees to come in on a Saturday for 4 hours to organize food and supplies for a local food pantry. We will be serving them breakfast and Read the rest

  • A Clean Bill of Wealth?

    Amendments Could Muddy Minimum Wage Legislation

    AFSCME’s Tracey Conaty pleads on behalf of the new minimum wage legislation.

    On January 10, as part of the 100 Hours Agenda, the newly‑elected Congress voted overwhelmingly to raise the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years. Thousands of you wrote to your Congressperson to express your support for this measure. Now, we need you to tell your senators to do the same: vote to raise the minimum wage … Read the rest