Volume 4, No. 8 • August 2007


  • Lessons Learned

    Understanding the Importance of Generational Differences

    As a manager, how can I help my library retain good employees?  Could generational differences in attitude towards work, authority and socialization keep me from communicating effectively with those I manage? A recent surge of literature about the effect of generational differences in the workplace attempts to help workers of all ages and positions adjust as a new generation, termed Generation Y, enters the workforce. Demographers argue that the events … Read the rest

  • Popular Management Method Might Harm Productivity, Says New Study

    Forced Rankings of Employees Bad for Business

    A new study suggests that productivity suffers when managers use forced-ranking systems to evaluate the performance of an employee against other employees.

    Researcher Stephen Garcia believes that forced-ranking “may negatively affect employees’ willingness to maximize joint gains that will benefit the organization.” Garcia is adjunct assistant professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and … Read the rest


  • Providence Public Library (RI) Signs City Contract, Avoids Layoffs

    Library, City OK Pact for 1 Year

    Library Will Use Funds to Stave off Layoffs

    After a year of negotiations, the Providence City Council approved the deal between the city and the Providence Public Library. Some reductions in hours and seven layoffs were expected as part of the agreement, but to forestall layoffs, the Providence Public Library decided … Read the rest

  • Library, City Officials Verbally Grapple over Funding (Opelousas, LA)

    In a brainstorming session on ways to fund the Opelousas-Eunice Library System, Chairperson Chairperson Estelle Perrault argued that 10 percent of a 1966 approved 1 cent sales tax should be allocated as a permanent funding source to care for the library. If the tax was so allocated, the library would receive $400,000 in funding each year.

    Perrault maintains that the current administration must uphold the city’s obligation as dictated … Read the rest

  • Senate Does Not Pass S. 1041, Employee Free Choice Act

    On June 26, H.R. 800/S. 1041 (Employee Free Choice Act) failed to receive the 60 necessary to further debate the measure.

    In the 51-48 vote, all Democrats voted for H.R. 800/S.1041 with the exception of Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), and all Republicans voted against H.R. 800/S.1041 with the exception of Arlen Specter (R-PA), who did not vote.

    In one of the most controversial measures in the bill, the National Labor Relations Board would guarantee unions the right to represent workers … Read the rest

  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 Passes House of Representatives

    On July 31, The House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 by a vote of 225-199.

    The act amends four previous acts: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If this bill is signed into law, workplace discrimination in the form of unequal pay for equal responsibility will have a “rolling” statute of limitations. Each paycheck will … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Ten Dos and Don’ts for Your First Ten Days of Work

    While most of us think that “once we have the job we are home free,” many organizations have probationary periods (first three months, first six months, etc.), and during this time performance, behavior and productivity are scrutinized with some eye to retention or termination.

    Some managers will tell you that they know in the first ten days to two weeks whether or not they have made a hiring mistake. And if the higher level managers cannot supervise … Read the rest


  • Leave a Lasting Impression

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

    In today’s fluid employment market, employers and potential employees are coming into contact on a frequent basis. Some of these contacts are via email only, while others involve numerous phone calls and possibly several face-to-face visits. During each of these exchanges, both the organization and the candidate have an opportunity … Read the rest


  • Paying for Performance in 2007

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

    Paying for performance is growing in popularity, as more workers in all levels of organizations are participating in incentive pay programs. Incentive pay is not limited to for-profit organizations as non-profit organizations such as libraries, social services agencies and park districts have begun to implement incentive … Read the rest


  • Libraries That Make Cents

    NSLS Launches Return On Investment Calculator For Illinois Libraries

    Last month the North Suburban Library System (NSLS) in Wheeling, IL, posted a Return on Investment calculator on its website. Return on Investment, or ROI, is the ratio of money gained or lost on an investment relative to the amount of money invested. Libraries judge ROI by finding the ratio of tax dollars or donations received relative to the worth of the resources a library provides for its community. The calculator, … Read the rest

  • ALA-APA Non-MLS Salary Survey Report

    Library Technical Assistant Salaries by Title and Region

    The ALA-APA Salary Survey: A Survey of Salary Positions not Requiring an ALA-Accredited Master’s Degree provides salary information for non-librarian positions in both public and academic libraries. In addition to organizing the information by position, library size and type (public vs. academic), the Salary Survey arranges this data by four geographical regions: 1) North Atlantic, 2) Great Lakes and Plains, 3) Southeast and 4) West and … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Librarians Becoming Obsolete? I Say Not!

    Interview with Library Journal Paraprofessional of the Year Award Winner Jackie Cornette

    This month Library Worklife highlights Jackie Cornette, winner of Library Journal’s Paraprofessional of the Year Award. Jackie is manager of the Western Branch of the Watauga County Library, one of three county library systems that comprise the Appalachian Regional Library headquartered in North Wilkesboro.

    Library Worklife: What brought you to Librarianship?
    Jackie Cornette:
    I applied for a part-time position with Watauga County Library, hoping only for a position … Read the rest


HR Law

  • Pay Discrimination Ruling a Victory for Employers, but Democrats Promise Legislative Fix for Workers

    Employers won when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May that a 180-day limit on filing workplace discrimination claims applies to allegations of unequal pay. But Democrats responded in June by approving legislation that resets the clock with each allegedly unfair paycheck.

    On June 27, the Democratically-controlled House Committee on Education and Labor voted 25-20 to send to the full House legislation that would reverse the Court’s decision in Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. In that May … Read the rest

LW Tip

  • Correction

    An article in July’s issue of Library Worklife misidentified the sponsors of the ALA-APA Networking Breakfast at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The article noted that Locals 1930 and 2910 sponsored the event. In fact, Local 1930 and AFSCME International, not Local 2910, generously provided the funds for this networking opportunity.

    In addition, the caption beneath the last photograph incorrectly affiliates Jessica Storrs with AFL-CIO. Ms. Storrs in fact works for AFSCME International. (Go to ArticleRead the rest