Volume 6, No. 4 • April 2009

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  • From A Recovering Micromanager…Maybe

    I have long contended in my library career that, on the whole, librarians are micromanagers. We are by nature controllers, and we are – often perversely – compelled to order the universe. Having worked for micromanagers, been called one and occasionally happily laying claim to the role, I think I might have some insight on the recovery process.

    It’s really pretty simple. I cannot abdicate the responsibility that I am sure is solely mine, which no … Read the rest


  • University Won’t Budge in Librarian Salary Talks

    A two-year salary negotiation reaches an impasse, as University of California librarians claim that the university has failed to take negotiations seriously.

    UC librarians, according to the librarians’ chief mediator Mike Rotkin, currently make $10,000 to $15,000 less per year than their counterparts at California State University. The UC librarians aim to narrow, though not close, this disparity: they have requested that their salaries be raised … Read the rest

  • Find a Job @ Your Library

    (CHICAGO) – The State Library of North Carolina realizes that in tough economic times, a key component to library service is helping users locate new job opportunities. To ensure that librarians and library staff have access to the most up to date resources, the state library has created the Job Search workshop – Getting your community back to work, a new job training workshop specifically for librarians.

    The workshop comes at a time when people are seeking jobs, filling … Read the rest

  • Eileen Muller, ASFSCME Local 1482 President, Profiled on AFL-CIO NOW Blog

    The president of AFSCME Local 1482/Brooklyn Library Guild attributes a great deal of her personal and professional growth to union membership. Eileen Muller’s story, and those of other women who have benefited from union membership, are recounted by James Parks on the AFL-CIO NOW Blog; visit the March 8 posting.… Read the rest

  • 5-Year Pact Gives Librarians Small Raises

    A new union contract grants New Haven, CT, librarians small, retroactive raises. AFSCME Council 4 president Rose Massari and member Nancy Haig signed the contract with selectmen.

    In addition to a 2 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2008, and a 3.25 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2007, the contract provides for a job classification and compensation study to be completed by December 1, 2009.… Read the rest

  • Pratt Office Supervisor Honored with Annual Lidinsky Award

    38 Year Pratt Employee receives City’s highest honor in public service

    BALTIMORE – The Enoch Pratt Free Library is pleased to announce the recipient of Baltimore City’s 2008 Richard Lidinsky, Sr. Award of Excellence in Public Service is Patricia Williams, Office Supervisor of the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch.

    During a special ceremony on Monday, March 9 in the City Hall Rotunda, Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Council President Stephanie Rawlins-Blake and Pratt Chief Executive Officer Carla D. Hayden presented Williams with the … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • How to Get Your Resume Critiqued without Getting Caught in a Never-ending Critique Cycle

    It is not surprising that the review of resumes by the employer has been described as “the most critical stage in the employment process for the job seeker” (Sullivan 2006). Your resume is after all your introduction to a potential employer, and the difference between being invited to an interview or receiving a generic rejection letter is making a good first impression. Therefore, you need to have a well-written resume which markets your strengths and downplays … Read the rest

  • Music Lessons at ALA Annual Conference?

    Or How I Learned to Toot My Own Horn

    Lucy Bobeck shares her impressions of Donna Cardillo’s program “Toot Your Own Horn,” hosted by ALA-APA at ALA’s 2008 Annual Conference. Cardillo is returning to speak at the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago; visit Programs for the People for more information on ALA-APA’s upcoming 2009 Conference programs.

    Librarianship is often belittled or seen as surplus to requirements, but Donna Cardillo obviously has a mission to change our image. … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Don’t Take it Personally…

    Personality differences between employees can spark innovation and constructive debate, but it may also lead to conflict in the workplace. By understanding your personality type, you increase self-awareness and enhance your communication skills. Kurt Lewin famously notes that the way people interact and react in the workplace has a direct bearing on the personality traits and conflict handling modes used. Knowing your personality type or preference, especially in a work environment, benefits you as such knowledge helps … Read the rest


  • Employee Retention in a Down Economy

    Reprinted with permission from the Management Association of Illinois’s Web site, www.hrsource.org. The article was posted in March 2009.

    In this economy, you don’t need to worry about retaining your employees, right? Unemployment is up (7.6% for Illinois in the latest figures available – the highest in over 15 years). You’re inundated with resumes for every position you post (and for many that you don’t). Employees are glad to have a job, aren’t they? Retention was … Read the rest


  • Support Staff Salaries in CT, 1998-2008: A Report Based on 3 CLASS Salary Surveys

    This report is based on a similar report by the same author and Tzou Min Hsiung, “Connecticut Library Association Support Staff (CLASS) Salary Survey Report, 2003,” published in Library Mosaics, (Jan / Feb 2004), vol.15, no.1, pp.10-13, which was in turn based on an initial report by the same author and Leon Shatkin of the CT State Library, “A Study of Library Assistant Positions in Connecticut Libraries,” published in Library Mosaics (May / June … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Nova Scotia Association of Library Technicians: First Annual Conference – The Dream

    The Nova Scotia Association of Library Technicians (NSALT) was still in its infancy when I suggested it host a conference. Response was surprised, and even skeptical, but with the support of the Executive Board we set off to find a host.

    Carmilita Cousins, Library Facilitator for the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, was one of the few who thought that it was due time for a library technician conference in Nova Scotia. She was enthusiastic and … Read the rest


  • Work-life Balance

    Author Bonnie Osif provides a thoughtful gloss of contemporary work/life balance literature. Reprinted with permission from the Winter 2009 issue of Library Administration and Management, a publication of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA).

    And I had lived out my dreams, in great measure, because of things I was taught by all sorts of extraordinary people along the way.

    There is more than one way to measure profits and losses. On every level, institutions Read the rest

HR Law

  • White House Recovery Bill

    ALA WASHINGTON OFFICE – Completing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was a long and arduous process for the Obama Administration and the new Congress. Now that President Obama has signed the bill into law, our nation can begin the journey of restoring our economic stability through the programs and initiatives this law will make possible.

    Throughout the process of creating this law, the library community demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the American public by working to inform our leaders … Read the rest

  • Fourth Edition of FMLA Handbook Now Available

    Robert M. Schwartz’s new book, The FMLA Handbook, is the definitive guide to the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act – and the fourth edition, published in early 2009, is now available. It explains how unions can protect workers who are absent from work for justifiable medical or family-care reasons; block compulsory “light-duty” work programs; force employers to allow part-time schedules; obtain attendance bonuses for workers absent for medical reasons; and much more. Order your copy today from a unionized … Read the rest