Volume 6, No. 3 • March 2009

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  • Romance in the Library, Part II: Employer/Employee Responsibility

    By John B. Harer

    In this second of two articles, Harer explores how some organizations are responding to office romances and also offers advice for employees in an office romance.

    How Some Organizations Are Responding to Office Romances

    With more potential problems than positive benefits, it is clear why organizations have begun to be more conscious of the issues surrounding office romances and have been more proactive in planning for any potential difficulty. In the recent past, some companies and … Read the rest


  • Applications Open for 2009 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, Sponsored by Freedom to Read Foundation

    CHICAGO – The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has opened applications for the 2009 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, which will enable a library school student or new professional to attend ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference.

    The scholarship’s goal is to advance two principles that Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship. The 2009 ALA Annual Conference will be held July 9–15 in Chicago.

    It provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights and six days per diem. In return, … Read the rest

  • Americans Turn to Libraries for Personal Finance Help in Tough Economic Times

    CHICAGO – The efforts libraries make to help patrons obtain accurate financial information will be highlighted on CNN Money, Saturday, Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. EST. ALA President Jim Rettig will appear in the story. A longer Web video version of the story as well as a CNN Web article will be posted following the broadcast.

    Libraries report that they are providing accurate financial information to consumers all over the country. For example, “Smart Investing @ your library” (http://www.smartinvestingatyourlibrary.info/Read the rest

  • New ALA Division Blends Two Strong Voices For Advocacy

    CHICAGO – On Feb. 1, the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), a division of the ALA, and Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) joined forces to form a new American Library Association division, the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, or ALTAFF for short.

    This new division brings together Trustees and Friends into a partnership that promises to extend the association’s advocacy efforts, boost membership and grow revenues.

    “The formation of ALTAFF is a bold new step … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • LITA Offers Two Workshops in Chicago

    CHICAGO – The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering two full-day educational workshops on Friday, July 10, in Chicago.

    The first workshop, Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs, deals with such topics as del.icio.us subject guides, Flickr library displays and YouTube library orientation, showing how mashups and APIs make it easier to bring pieces of the Web together with library data. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of Web services, how to … Read the rest

  • AASL’s Exploratorium to Feature Best Practices in School Library Media Program Development

    CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) national conference, Nov. 5–8 in Charlotte, N.C., will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library media program development at one of the conference’s most popular events, the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference.

    Co-chair of the National Conference Committee Ann Marie Pipkin said, “The Exploratorium offers a potpourri of ideas from authors and school library … Read the rest

  • ALCTS Preconferences in Chicago Address Important Issues

    CHICAGO – Five exciting and highly informative preconferences are being offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. You can register by going to the ALA Annual Conference Web site. ALCTS members pay only $199 for one day and $339 for two days, so reserve your place by registering early.

    Thursday, July 9th

    Cataloging Digital Media: Back to the Future!

    Bring your flux capacitor and get energized for an … Read the rest

  • Valuable Learning Opportunities for All Types of Librarians with RUSA Programs at Annual

    CHICAGO – This summer, librarians and library staff from all types of libraries will find a program of interest among the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) offerings at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference.

    RUSA, a division of the American Library Association, represents the interests of those working in reference, collection development, readers’ advisory, resource sharing and specialized reference, including historical and business reference services. Its programs provide opportunities for all conference attendees to learn about trends in these fields, … Read the rest


  • Public library managers are invited to join the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

    CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) invites public library managers to apply for the Certified Public Library Administrator Program. Candidates learn about budgeting, personnel, building management, grantwriting and more—the skills a manager needs in the 21st century. The application deadline is March 20, 2009. CPLA® has nine graduates and 115 candidates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation.

    The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for … Read the rest


  • ALA Defines Core Competences of Librarianship

    CHICAGO – At the American Library Association (ALA) 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the ALA Council passed a resolution defining the core competences of librarianship. The core competences document represents the work of a special Presidential Task Force on Library Education and builds on the efforts of several previous groups. The document defines the basic knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies. Librarians working in school, academic, public, special … Read the rest

  • AASL Section Presents Research Symposium at National Conference

    CHICAGO – The Educators of Library Media Specialists Section (ELMSS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present its first research symposium at this year’s AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition, Nov. 5–8 in Charlotte, N.C. As educators, scholars and researchers, ELMSS members create new knowledge about the school library media field and impart that knowledge to the profession’s newest members. The topic for the symposium will be AASL’s “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner,” released in 2007. The … Read the rest


  • Anderson County Library Board, Lynn Sutton and Mohamed Ismail named winners of 2008–2009 SirsiDynix–ALA-APA award

    The ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA-APA) has named the winners of the 2009 SirsiDynix–ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers.

    The winners are: the Anderson County Library Board, Clinton, Tenn.; Lynn Sutton, Wake Forest University Library, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Mohamed Ismail, The Integrated Care Society in Cairo, Egypt.
    Of the $5000 award, Anderson County will receive $2000, and Sutton and Ismail will each receive $1500. Leigh Estabrook, University of … Read the rest


  • Difficult Decisions: Pay Cut vs. Layoff

    Would you accept a pay cut to avoid a layoff? Library Worklife is excited to summarize the results of its 2009 survey, which was available on SurveyMonkey.com from January 7 to March 4, received seventy-two responses.

    In the survey’s first question, respondents were asked whether they would accept a pay cut to avoid a layoff. Of seventy-two respondents to this question, 65 (90.3 percent) said yes.

    In the second question, participants who answered yes to the first question were asked … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • LSSCP Moves Forward with Field Test Planning

    On February 26, 2009, the Library Support Staff Certification Project co-directors met with project field test site coordinators to discuss implementation of LSSCP field tests. The field test site coordinators expressed approval of the project’s development, noting that the competencies are well-composed and are appropriate for LSS of all levels and backgrounds.

    The five field test sites represent five different types of library organizations: a state library (the State Library of Louisiana); a state library association (Texas Library Association), a … Read the rest


  • Mental Health in the Workplace: An Issue for Patients, Co-Workers, Employers

    By Christine Martin

    Do you have an employee who seems emotionally or mentally ill? Do you suspect depression, an eating disorder, alcoholism or other substance abuse? Do you fear that the employee poses a danger to himself or others? Or are problems limited to performance issues such as attendance or productivity? In either case, what are your rights and responsibilities as an employer? Do you even know what to look for?

    According to Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental … Read the rest

HR Law