Volume 7, No. 6 • June 2010


  • Dear Library Worklife Subscribers:

    Accessing Library Worklife: HR News for Today’s Library Leaders will no longer require a login and password. You will continue to receive the first alert each month via email to give you the preview of and link to the current issue’s home page on the second Tuesday of each month. This change has been made because the website for the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has been migrated to a new server and publishing platform. If you have any … Read the rest

  • Leadership Style and Organizational Impact

    Leadership has a direct cause and effect relationship upon organizations and their success. Leaders determine values, culture, change tolerance and employee motivation. They shape institutional strategies including their execution and effectiveness. Leaders can appear at any level of an institution and are not exclusive to management. Successful leaders do, however, have one thing in common. They influence those around them in order to reap maximum benefit from the organization’s resources, including its most … Read the rest


  • Library limitations called unsustainable

    Library trustees told the Concord city council that drastic cuts to last year’s library budget cannot be sustained. Last year’s cuts nearly halved the Concord Public Library’s materials budget, pared its staff by three full-time positions and reduced the Penacook branch’s hours from 21 a week to 12.

    City Manager Tom Aspell doesn’t propose more deep cuts for the department next year, but trustees argue that Aspell’s budget – flat … Read the rest

  • In budget talks, council cool to more library cuts

    As it began reviewing a proposed city budget, Pittsfield’s City Council sent a clear message to Mayor James M. Ruberto: spend more money on Pittsfield’s public library.

    While the proposed spending plan reflects a $4.2 million increase over the current budget of $122.7 million, funding to the Berkshire Athenaeum would be cut by $58,000. Director Ronald Latham said the reduction would result in less money to staff the children’s … Read the rest

  • Olathe Library proposes cuts in next year’s budget

    Two Kansas public library systems face cuts to staff, hours and proposed spending levels. reductions and steep budget cuts.

    Last month, the Olathe Library board approved a cut in spending for next year of more than $250,000. The Johnson County Library Board has proposed $1.4 million in budget cuts for next year.

    Both Olathe and Johnson County libraries are proposing to reduce staff. Library Director Emily Baker said Olathe … Read the rest


  • Library Support Staff Certification Program Recruits Portfolio Evaluators

    The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is recruiting librarians to evaluate online portfolios.  You can learn more about how to become a portfolio evaluator and how evaluation works if you are attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  There will be a training on Monday, June 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in the Roosevelt-Wilson Room.

    Portfolios will be evaluated by librarians who meet the following criteria:  a master’s degree … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Making the Grade: The Elements of an Effective Performance Appraisal

    Performance appraisals generate a great deal of anxiety and suspicion. Anecdotal evidence suggests that both employees and managers perceive performance appraisals as achieving a rare synthesis of ubiquity, futility and inevitability (Johnson, 2004, p. 83). Although some apprehension at the thought of being formally evaluated is understandable, the unfortunate negative connotations surrounding performance appraisals are due to a misunderstanding of their purpose and outdated or inappropriate processes. When utilized properly, performance appraisals can … Read the rest


Support Staff

  • Moving Up: Making the Transition Support Staff to a Professional Position During a Budget Crisis

    Faced with slow economic recovery and a looming budget deficit, libraries are straining to provide services and purchase materials without having to layoff staff. Layoffs, without a doubt, are hard on the individual as well as the staff as a whole. What is the effect of layoffs on MLS-holding support staff, particularly those who hope to be hired as a professional librarian?

    The library job market looks better than it did a few years ago for many … Read the rest


  • Last Night I Caught My Husband Apologizing To a Librarian

    Last night I caught my husband apologizing to a librarian.

    That’s right, he did it (twice, actually), and I caught him red-handed.

    He was updating his resume and – being a chef and not the kind of person who keeps track of old newspaper clippings – he was missing an important review from a local magazine. We looked online but this particular magazine didn’t have old issues archived on their website.

    “Call the library,” I said.

    “Really?” … Read the rest

HR Law