Volume 6, No. 1 • January 2009

whats bothering you


  • “How Would You Represent ALA-APA As President In 2010-2011 And Beyond?”

    Elections will be held in the spring! The candidates for ALA President are Kenton Oliver, executive director of Stark County District Library, Canton, Ohio; and Roberta Stevens, outreach projects and partnerships officer at the Library of Congress and project manager for the National Book Festival. As the victor will also serve as ALA-APA President, the candidates were asked, “How would you would represent ALA-APA as President in 2010-2011 and beyond?” Here are their responses.

    Kent Oliver

    It is my pleasure … Read the rest

  • The Politics of Discussing Politics in the Workplace

    By Dan Stanton

    an is by nature a political animal


    We spend a lot of time at work, much of it with the same group of people, engaged in a common purpose. Often the core values of that purpose and/or the means of achieving that purpose are generally understood but specifically open to interpretation. We get around our innate differences by engaging in behavior that has been formally or informally deemed “professional.” There is a general consensus that “professional” … Read the rest


  • Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award Winners Announced

    Librarians in our nation’s 123,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every day. Today, 10 librarians are recognized for service to their communities, schools and campuses as winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

    More than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian. The 10 award recipients are:

    Linda Allen
    Libraries Director
    Pasco County Library System
    Hudson, Fla.

    Jean Amaral
    Reference Librarian
    Antioch University New England… Read the rest

  • ALA: Obama’s Concern over Closures Demonstrates Understanding of Libraries’ Role in Economy

    WASHINGTON—The American Library Association (ALA) today applauds President-elect Barack Obama for recognizing the effect library closings have on communities during a meeting with the National Governors Association.

    Obama, discussing potential budget shortfalls for the 41 states represented during the meeting, cited library closures as one of the drastic measures already being taken to balance state budgets.

    Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the ALA Washington Office, said it is critical for governors and members of Congress to understand how public libraries … Read the rest

  • Judge Overrules Philadelphia Branch Closings

    A Philadelphia judge has ordered Mayor Michael Nutter to halt his planned closing of 11 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Court of Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox issued the ruling December 30 in response to an emergency motion filed by three city council members who argued that the closures would violate a 1988 city ordinance requiring the mayor to obtain council approval before shutting any city-owned facility.

    Cox’s order requires the … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Wayne State University Turns LIS Program into School

    The board of governors at Wayne State University in Detroit voted December 3 to authorize the creation of the School of Library and Information Science, effective May 6, 2009. The school will house the existing library and information science program, which has grown from 125 students in 1987 to more than 600 in 2008. “The successful program has outgrown its designation and its size warrants the status of a school,” said WSU Provost Nancy Barrett. Despite new budget restraints, she … Read the rest

  • AASL Releases Two Toolkits Focused On Advocacy During Tough Times

    CHICAGO—The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recently launched two new toolkits exclusively for school library media programs. The School Library Media Health & Wellness and Crisis Toolkits are designed to address the needs of and resources available to school library media specialists to build stakeholder support in their programs.

    “Unless administrators know the essential and unique roles school library media programs have in student learning and 21st century skills, they will continue to be at the top of the … Read the rest

  • Empowerment Institute: Success in the Workplace

    CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) Conference Services Department and the Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office (HRDR) is offering ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees the opportunity to identify barriers to their success and consider ways to feel more motivated and satisfied at work.

    The Empowerment Institute: Success in the Workplace, presented by Debra Wilcox-Johnson, consultant, Johnson-Johnson Consulting will be held 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver in the Colorado Convention … Read the rest


  • Library Support Staff Certification Program Hosts Midwinter Forum, Blog for Comments

    The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) invites live and virtual discussion of the development of the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP), a national, voluntary certification program for library support staff. ALA-APA will host an Open Forum held at ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, CO, and welcomes comments on the program at the official LSSCP Blog. A Briefing Document for discussion at Midwinter may be viewed at the LSSCP website and blog.

    The LSSCP Open Forum will be … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • When The Ax Falls, Will You Be Ready?

    A Primer on What to Do When (Or Even Before) You Get Fired

    By Honora Eskridge

    It was late on a Friday on a hot July day in 1994 in suburban Washington, D.C. The office was quiet; many people had already left for the weekend. My boss popped his head into my cubicle and asked if I was going to be around for a while yet and, if so, could he meet with me around 4:30? I said yes, and … Read the rest


  • Deadlines approaching for two Leadership Fellows Scholarships

    The application deadlines for two of the schools participating in PLA’s Leadership Fellows program are quickly approaching.

    Applications to the Leadership Development Program at Columbia University’s Business School are due to the PLA office on Jan. 9, 2009. Applications to the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University are due on Feb. 20, 2009. PLA members can apply online at http://pla.org/ala/mgrps/divs/pla/plaawards/Leadership/index.cfm.

    The Leadership Fellows program offers PLA members who are … Read the rest

  • Dominican University Supports ALA’s Diversity Efforts

    CHICAGO—The Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science will provide $5,000 in matching scholarship funds to Elizabeth Hernandez, a 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship winner.

    Hernandez is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science at Dominican, which first offered matching scholarships to Spectrum recipients in its graduate program in library and information studies in 1999.

    Hernandez, of Homer Glen, Ill., graduated from Governors State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

    She … Read the rest

  • ASCLA ramps up fundraising efforts for Century Scholarship

    CHICAGO—The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will hold a silent auction at the 2009 Midwinter Meeting’s ASCLA/COSLA reception to benefit the ASCLA Century Scholarship.

    The scholarship is an initiative of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), the Library Service to Special Populations Section (LSSPS) of ASCLA and the Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum, and was established in 2000 through the generosity of an anonymous donor. It fulfills ALA’s mission … Read the rest

  • New ALA Scholarship: Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media

    CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) announced a new scholarship, the Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media, which is being offered with the support of SAGE Publications.

    The scholarship was created in memory of Peter Lyman, former university librarian and professor emeritus of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Lyman was nationally known for his landmark study on information overload entitled, “How Much Information?” co-authored with Hal Valerian.

    The Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New … Read the rest

  • 2009 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory

    Need additional financial assistance? The 2009 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies. The directory is available online at http://www.ala.org/falis.

    For information on Scholarships available through ALA, visit www.ala.org/scholarships or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800)545-2433, ext. 4279.… Read the rest


  • Would Accept a Five Percent Pay Cut to Avoid a Layoff?

    Would you take a cut of five percent or more to avoid a layoff? Take this survey to share your views with library employees like yourself. We will publish anonymous comments in the February issue of Library Worklife.

    A similar survey by MSNBC.com received passionate, and wide-ranging, response. Among comments submitted by readers:  
    “You better believe it. Even a 25 percent cut in pay is better than being out of work. At least I would be able to pay … Read the rest


  • What Will Be the Biggest Work/Life Balance Stories of 2009?

    NWJobs columnist Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube” and My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire, offers her predictions for 2009’s biggest work/life balance stories:

    1. The continued rise of flex work.
      Goodman notes that wise companies will seek to avoid laying off trained staff by increasingly offering, even mandating, flexible work arrangements. Though employees will be affected financially
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HR Law

  • Study Finds Doctors’ Use of E-Prescribing Systems Linked to Formulary Data Can Boost Drug Cost Savings

    Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) systems that allow doctors to select lower cost or generic medications can save $845,000 per 100,000 patients per year and possibly more system-wide, according to findings from a new study funded by Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

    The finding may have important financial implications, the study authors concluded. As e-prescribing systems become more widely available and easier to use, their greater use among doctors is likely. Complete use … Read the rest