Volume 7, No. 4 • April 2010



  • Hard Times: Why Libraries Need Funding Now More and Ever

    The older I get, and the more I grow as a professional librarian, I am steadfastly amazed at my optimism in how libraries change lives for the better and how all of us working in libraries give so much and ask for so little in return. It is with this focus that I began my pay equity journey. My goal has always been to improve the lives of library workers and ensure that … Read the rest


  • Celebrate National Library Workers Day, April 13

    CHICAGO—America’s library workers remain valuable community assets during tough economic times. On National Library Workers Day, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, communities across the U.S. will recognize the contributions made by all library workers—including librarians, support staff and others who make library services possible.

    “With more businesses—including a majority of America’s leading retailers—requiring online job applications, job-seeking resources are among the most critical and popular resources available in U.S. public libraries,” said American Library Association president Camila Alire. “Libraries don’t just … Read the rest

  • ALA-APA Director Grady discusses National Library Workers Day on Visibility podcast

    CHICAGO—On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, the ALA-APA will celebrate National Library Workers day, which is held each year during National Library Week.

    A podcast featuring ALA-APA director Jenifer Grady can be seen by visiting the American Library Association Public Information Office blog, Visibility @ your library, www.pio.ala.org/visibility. In the podcast, Grady talks about National Library Workers Day and issues affecting library employees.

    You are invited to name a “Star” library employee for the NLWD website at http://www.ala-apa.org/nlwd, where … Read the rest

  • Trustees vote yes on library closings

    Mayor accepts plan to shut four branches

    On April 9, the trustees of the Boston Public Library voted to close four neighborhood branches to help eliminate a $3.3 million shortfall.

    The alternative would have affected more people, trustees said, by slashing hours so severely that most neighborhoods would have a library open just two or three days a week.

    The plan, accepted hours later by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, would cut … Read the rest

  • NCPE Observes Equal Pay Day 2010

    The National Committee on Pay Equity will observe Equal Pay Day (an event originated by NCPE in 1996) on April 20 with a brief program and presentation of the Winn Newman Award, given annually to a person who has done the most to advance the cause of pay equity.

    Please join NCPE on Tuesday, April 20 on the 9th floor of AFT (555 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington DC) for refreshments at 9:30 am and program at 10; RSVP to … Read the rest

  • 2010 Woman’s Day magazine library contest open through May 9

    CHICAGO—Libraries have until May 9 to promote Woman’s Day magazine’s newest initiative, “why the library is important to my community.” The American Library Association (ALA) and Woman’s Day are looking for stories that showcase the importance and value of libraries within the communities they serve.

    Women ages 18 and up are invited to send in their stories in 700 words or less to womansday@ala.org. Up to four stories will be profiled in the March 2011 issue of the magazine … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • An Effective Resume That Gets Call-Backs:

    Reflections from a resume-writing workshop with JoAnn Blakey, President of Career Pathways, Inc.

    Do you think you’ve heard enough about resume-writing? If you get one more tip will you scream? Are you tired of thinking that you might be the reason you aren’t getting a job? Well, when you get to that point, take another class or read another book about resume-writing. You may be re-inspired. It’s probably not you; it’s the fact that this is an … Read the rest


  • LSSC Accepts 80 Candidates in First Two Months

    In its first two months, the Library Support Staff Certification Program has accepted over 80 candidates. The candidates hail from 25 states, and work in public and academic libraries of all sizes across the nation. To their coursework they bring, on average, over a decade of support staff experience.

    Both early-career and more experienced support staff consider LSSC a valuable professional development resource. A library employee with nine years of support staff experience, Eva Fiffie feels that “the LSSP Program … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Harvard Business Review: “Progress” is Primary Motivator of Knowledge Workers

    Every year, in conjunction with the World Economic Forum, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) compiles a list of ten “breakthrough ideas” that they believe, if those ideas were widely implemented, would make the world better.

    In their contribution to the HBR 10, Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer argue that employers grossly misunderstand what motivates knowledge workers. Managers, according to Amabile and Kramer’s recent survey, usually ascribe employee motivation to “recognition for good work (either public … Read the rest


  • Economic Downturn, Social Media Reshaping Job Searches in 2010

    Job hunting advice site Quintessential Careers published its ninth annual review of the state of online job searching. Among the 2010 job hunt trends they target:

    1. “The real-time web is changing job search.”
      Real-time searches have revolutionized the way job seekers connect with potential employers: online search engines (like Google) can organize options by most recently posted. Twitter is increasingly viewed as a reliable barometer for job searches in any given field – and will be a
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  • Women Don’t Ask: Notes from an inspiring presentation

    On March 10, 2010, the Women’s Center at Northwestern University invited Sarah Laschever to deliver a presentation called “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide.” As you know, ALA-APA supports better salaries and is interested in publications and people who can help improve the pay situation for people in our field. Although much of what is written about women and negotiation takes examples from corporate settings, the feelings, skills and circumstances that surround the practice of negotiation are the … Read the rest

  • Plan Now for Equal Pay Day

    Equal Pay Day is quickly approaching on Tuesday, April 20, and AAUW members and supporters across the country are already planning events to mark this symbolic day when women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the year before.  If you haven’t started yet organizing educational and promotional events for your community, it’s not too late!

    More than 46 years after passage of the Equal Pay Act, women continue to earn only 77 cents on the dollar to their male … Read the rest

  • Management Consulting Firm Offers Free Monthly Articles on Human Resource Development

    The Singer Group, a management consulting firm specializing in human resource development and organizational effectiveness, announces the first edition of its new email update. The monthly updates will include news, case studies and ideas on human resources, organizational design and development services, compensation, change management and group facilitation.

    In the first edition of its update, The Singer Group offers advice on budget-savvy, meaningful employee recognition, as well as a case study on the advantages and challenges of conducting market … Read the rest


  • The Union Advantage Across the States:

    Unions substantially raise wages and benefits for workers

    Washington, DC – A report released February 3, 2010, by the Center for Economic and Policy Research examines unionization rates, the size and composition of the unionized workforce and the wages and benefits for union workers in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    “The union presence varies across states, but unions substantially raise wages and benefits for workers in every state,” said John Schmitt, the author of … Read the rest


  • New Report Highlights Economics of Flexible Workplace Policies, Practices

    A recent report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility, an economic perspective on flexible workplace policies and practices. The report, released March 31, 2010, addresses changes in the U.S. workforce that have increased the need for flexibility in the workplace; the current state of flexible work arrangements; and ways that many employers have adapted to the changing realities of American workers. It concludes with a discussion of the economic benefits of … Read the rest