Volume 5, No. 6 • June 2008


  • Carpe Diem! Librarian’s Quick Thinking Seizes Increased Salaries for Library Workers

    Interview with Camilla Reid, Winner of the 2007-2008 SirsiDynix ‑ ALA‑APA Award for Improving Salaries

    Mounting a pay equity campaign often requires years of research, planning and negotiation. Yet librarian Camilla Reid, winner of the fourth annual SirsiDynix‑ALA‑APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers, demonstrates how quick thinking, initiative and communication can expedite the pay equity process.

    During a phone interview, Reid describes her experience orchestrating the fly-by-night proposal and offers … Read the rest


  • ALA-APA Announces Programs, Meetings for Annual Conference 2008

    Programs for the People

    ALA-APA is excited to offer nine programs on a wide range of topics at ALA’s 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

    Friday: 6/27/2008 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center 203A
    Managers Who Have the “Union Advantage”
    Tom Galante, Director, Queens Borough Public Library
    Susan Veltfort, President, Local 1857, WSCCCE, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, King County Library System (WA)
    John Buschman, Associate University Librarian, Georgetown University Library (DC)
    This program features library managers who will offer tips … Read the rest

  • Our view: Library officials have read the book on budget politics

    Pasadena, Severn (MD) libraries could close

    Libraries, fire stations face cuts to fund schools

    Libraries, new fire stations face cuts

    Anne Arundel County Library employees urge citizens to oppose a proposed 8% budget cut that jeopardizes library employee health care benefits.

    In … Read the rest

  • Library backers gird for battle; Budget cuts called disaster for city’s children, downtown

    Library director agrees to stay

    Library director told she can’t quit; Wong holds firm on deep cuts

    Mayor Lisa Wong’s planned 68 percent cut to the Fitchburg Public Library’s budget would force the library to lay off three-quarters of its employees.

    Six years ago the library staff … Read the rest

  • Martin Library Hours, Days Cut Amid Budget Woes

    A hiring freeze in the Martin County Library System has resulted in a reduction in branch hours.

    Judi Snyder, Associate Director for Public Services Judi Snyder observes that over the last two years the library system has lost 14 full-time positions to resignations and early retirements. The Martin County government froze these positions in efforts to cut more than $26 million from next year’s budget.

    Duncan Ballantyne, Martin County Administrator, … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • What Do You Wish You Had Learned In Library School?

    Many graduates are surprised to find that graduate school has not fully prepared them for work in academic libraries. Every year new graduates leave the classroom for the workforce, and every year experienced academic librarians field the same questions from new hires. The Association of College and Research Libraries offers several programs, initiatives and discussion groups to help beginning academic librarians transition into the professional world. Efforts include ALA’s Emerging Leaders initiative; new programming to kick … Read the rest


  • Certified Public Library Administrator Program Celebrates Four New Graduates, Eight New Candidates, Two Course Renewals

    CHICAGO – Four more public librarians now carry the designation of Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA).  The CPLA Certification Review Committee (CRC) also approved eight new candidates and renewed two program courses during its Spring 2008 review. CPLA now has 99 candidates and seven graduates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation.

    The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience and ALA-accredited master’s … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • A Brief Introduction to Performance Management

    Performance management is a system designed to identify the ways to achieve organizational goals through constant assessment and feedback leading to improvement of employee performance. Performance management, unlike the performance appraisal or annual evaluation process, is an ongoing assessment of employees in a manner geared to match their goals to the organizational goals. It also makes strong use of goal-setting and metrics to identify progress and areas of individual strengths.

    History and Evolution of Performance Management and

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  • 2007 ALA-APA Non-MLS Salary Survey Examines Librarian Titles

    The presence of a new category for non-MLS librarians in the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS – Public and Academic is an acknowledgement that there are significant numbers of library employees occupying librarian lines who do not hold the standard degree for the field. This hiring phenomenon may be indicative of a number of factors, such as the size and nature of recruitment pools, budgetary considerations and evolving needs within libraries. If this is a growing trend it … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • “Customer Service is our Main Priority”:

    Spotlight on Library Journal’s One of “Three to Watch” 2007, Paraprofessional Linda Janok

    Linda is a library assistant with the San Mateo (CA) Public Library. She was named one of Library Journal’s Paraprofessionals of the Year for 2007. She is in charge of two thriving branches and has lead projects including retagging the system’s collection, training the staff on new technology, and renovating her branches.

    LW: What motivated you to work in libraries?

    LJ: One of the key motivating … Read the rest


  • Strategies for Balancing Career and Family

    It is intriguing to learn about the family lives of some of our favorite television personalities. What makes them particularly fascinating is that they seem to have such spectacular careers. Recently, after watching an awesome special on Martin Luther King, I found out that Soledad O’Brien, the host of the show and CNN anchor, has four children. I was stunned. How in the world does she do it all? But on second thought, how do any of … Read the rest

  • Employees Surveyed Express Support for Wellness Initiatives, Ambivalence about Execution

    The fourth and final installment of Library Worklife’s analysis of the 2007 Library Workplace Wellness online survey summarizes qualitative feedback and comments given by users as part of the questionnaire-based survey.

    Previous analysis of the survey (Library Worklife 5, no. 2) established a link between availability of and employee participation in workplace wellness initiatives: the greater the number of programs an employer offers, the greater the number of programs in which employees participate. Another … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Employee’s Anti-Retaliation Claim Fails

    Reprinted with permission from the Management Association of Illinois’s Web site, www.hrsource.org. The article was posted on May 21, 2008.

    Employers have long been aware that if an employee cannot return to work after the conclusion of the 12 weeks allotted under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the employee no longer has any rights under that Act. What if the employee has a workers’ compensation injury? Is it retaliation … Read the rest