Volume 6, No. 6 • June 2009



  • ALA-APA Programs for the People at ALA Annual Conference

    Toot Your Own Horn

    Monday, July 13, 8:00 – 10:00 am, MCP W-178b

    Donna Cardillo, RN (www.dcardillo.com) is a nurse, career development “guru,” professional keynote speaker, author, consultant, and columnist. She knows that librarians, like nurses, don’t get the status and credibility they deserve, so she’ll tell us how to change that!

    Love the Work, Hate the Job

    Monday, July 13, 10:30 am -12:00 pm, MCP W-178b

    Why do more and more Americans express … Read the rest

  • Time to Review: How Public Libraries Lured Funding, and You Might, Too

    (Adapted from the book The Funding Game, Rules for Public Library Advocacy,The Scarecrow Press, Inc., Lanham, Maryland and London, England, 1999)

    The impetus for creative and innovative library funding goes back to the New York financial crisis of the 1970s. Administrators at the New York Public Library adapted the cost-efficient, effective techniques honed by community organizers: tapping volunteers to intercede with public officials; creating events for council members to meet voters at the library; phoning … Read the rest


  • Library’s Budget Plan Has Raises

    The proposed 2009 operating budget for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library includes $1 million dollars to fund 16 new positions and to increase current salaries by an average of 15 percent.

    The raises are long overdue, notes Library Director David Farrar. Baton-Roughe has not approved raises for library employees in eight years. He argues that low salaries led many qualified public librarians to accept higher wages (for fewer hours) at local … Read the rest

  • House Passes Paid Parental Leave Bill

    In the late evening of June 4, 2009, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Federal Employee Paid Parental Leave Act (H.R. 5781). The act would grant civilian agency employees four weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. Paid leave would also be allowed to foster parents in the initial period of foster care.… Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Professional Hat Rack: The Ever-Changing Roles of an Academic Librarian

    Librarians might find themselves changing hats or wearing more than one hat throughout their careers as librarians within the library. At University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) library, I and my colleagues have traded and accepted many roles many times. Academic librarians step outside their job descriptions and comfort zones. Perhaps most unique to academic librarians (particularly those classified as faculty) is the expectation to publish. Any librarian that writes a book, an article or a … Read the rest

  • ALA-APA Programs for the People at ALA Annual Conference

    Engaging Excellence Through Leadership and Mentoring

    Friday, July 10, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Hilton Lake Huron

    Leadership is essential in our roles and it is different from management. However, in addition to leadership, we need to be able to grow a demand for the opportunities we have within our associations as a means of perpetuating our profession, and mentoring is a prime way of achieving this objective. The program will examine the critical leadership behaviors that need to … Read the rest


  • Certified Public Library Administrator Program Graduates Three, Adds 11 Candidates

    CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to three CPLA® candidates who are now officially Certified Public Library Administrators. In addition, the committee approved 11 new candidates in its spring review. CPLA® now has 12 graduates and 122 candidates 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 … Read the rest

  • ALA Accreditation—Employers Speak

    Join us at ALA’s Annual Conference 2009 in Chicago for an open forum on accreditation. The panel made up of representatives from academic, public, school, and special libraries, and discussion will focus on how library and information studies accreditation affects the personnel choices and hiring policies of employers in the field.

    Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009

    Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

    Location: Palmer House Hilton, Wilson Room

    Moderated by the Committee on Accreditation

    Confirmed panelists included:

    • Stephen Abram, Vice President of
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  • ALA-APA Programs for the People at ALA Annual Conference

    What Does Certification Have to Do With Me? Am I Missing Something?

    Saturday, July 11, 9:15 – 10:15 am, Hyatt Regency McCormick Conf Ctr 21b

    Voluntary certification through the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP) will redefine how you think about yourself by expanding your perspective and your skill sets beyond your immediate place in your library. The LSSCP program will address your current and future professional development needs and the service needs of your employers and communities … Read the rest

HR Practice



  • ALA-APA Programs for the People at ALA Annual Conference

    There is a Union Difference

    July 11, 1:30–3:00 pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick Conf Ctr 23

    This program will highlight the difference in union and non-union support staff salaries found by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO using ALA-APA data. The program will also include a discussion of other salary-related topics such as the Employee Free Choice Act. The program will feature speakers from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the … Read the rest


Support Staff

  • Massachusetts Library Association Paralibrarian Section: Makin’ It Happen

    In Massachusetts we voted to call ourselves “paralibrarians.” At the 2003 Section Annual Meeting at the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) Conference, we approved this new name by only one vote. I like to think the deciding vote was mine (though, of course, 51% of our members could claim the same distinction).

    The Paralibrarian Section of MLA has an amazing group of energetic, dedicated and creative people working behind the scenes to expand the opportunities and options … Read the rest

  • Empowerment Conference Information in LSSIRT Newsletter

    The June issue of the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table Newsletter, highlights programs to be held during the Empowerment Conference (p. 5).  The theme this year is “Who’s Da Boss:  Leadership for Library Support Staff.”  LSSIRT’s latest newsletter can be viewed at  http://tinyurl.com/owg2ek.… Read the rest


  • Where Originality Meets Productivity: What Every Library Employee Needs to Keep In and On Their Desk

    If one thing defines us as library employees it is our workspaces. And though our institutions may differ, our workspaces may vary in size (think a tiny shared cubicle vs. a coveted individual office) and our office equipment may be unique to our positions, there is one common item that can be found in every workspace: a desk. In most office environments, an employee’s desk can be viewed as a sanctuary. It is your very own space; … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Details Regarding the New COBRA Subsidy

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

    In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Among the numerous provisions in this law is a requirement that employees and their dependents who were or are involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009, be offered the opportunity to continue their health care coverage at … Read the rest

  • ALA-APA Programs for the People at ALA Annual Conference

    Medicare for All

    Sunday, July 12, 10:30 am -12:00 pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick Conf Ctr 12d

    Single-payer national health insurance is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health financing, but delivery of care remains largely private. The U.S. health care system is outrageously expensive, yet inadequate, spending more than twice as much as the rest of the industrialized nations and leaving 47 million completely uninsured. This program will introduce the philosophy of … Read the rest

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