Volume 7, No. 8 • August 2010


  • The 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    On July 29, 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 20. Prior to President George H.W. Bush signing this groundbreaking piece of civil rights legislation, there were little if any protections for the disabled in terms of employment discrimination and equal access to public accommodations, government services, transportation and telecommunications technology. The ADA was meant to redress the pervasive exclusion of the disabled from public life in the United States that was the … Read the rest


  • County takeover looks set to save Camden’s (NJ) libraries

    The Camden, New Jersey, libraries are to be saved. The libraries received national attention last week when it appeared that budget cuts would force them out of business permanently.

    Camden City Council is expected to approve a resolution allowing the Camden County library system to take over the three facilities without a citywide vote, officials said.

    Details are to be worked out, but city residents would pay an annual levy … Read the rest

  • To Close Budget Gap, Queens Library To Lay Off 46

    Most of the originally proposed $75 million cut to the city’s three library systems has been restored, but New York City’s libraries still face significant layoffs

    Though the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has faced no union layoffs, The New York Public Library (NYPL) has struggled with five. Both systems have pushed buyouts and early retirements (and some layoffs).

    The Queens Library’s (QL) requested concessions – more ambitious than those requested by … Read the rest


  • Exciting News About the Library Support Staff Certification Program

    The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program had an active and productive year and has exciting plans, with a new three-year grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    LSSC began accepting applications from certification candidates on January 25, 2010. Between then and August 8, 2010, 105 candidates have applied to be candidates. Admission criteria are a high school diploma or equivalent and one year of full-time volunteer or paid work in … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Leadership Storytelling as a Motivational Tool

    Motivating and retaining employees, particularly while maintaining a high level of performance, has always been a priority for library managers. Successful managers make it as easy as possible for staff to give their best. High expectations of staff, and clear communication of those expectations, are key to ensuring optimal performance (Evans, Ward, & Rugaas, 2000, pg. 325).

    Leadership storytelling is one method that creatively demonstrates how employees can be persuaded to give their … Read the rest


  • Landing the Part: Job Interview Tips From An Actor

    Artists go on a lot more job interviews than you think. If the artist isn’t making a living with his or her art (and very few of them are) and doesn’t have a trust fund or inheritance to draw from (and very few of them do), they have to find a variety of ways to support their passion so creditors don’t derail their dreams. Luckily, their chosen fields can often give them the edge in interviews, so … Read the rest


  • Workplace Wellness Survey

    The fourth installment of Library Worklife’s analysis of the 2009-2010 Library Workplace Wellness online survey begins analysis of qualitative feedback comments left by users as part of the questionnaire-based survey.

    Previous analysis of the survey (Library Worklife, Vol. 7, no. 6) suggests that employees of special libraries utilize more workplace wellness programs than their counterparts at other libraries. Another article (Library Worklife, Vol. 7, no. 7) interpreted the data in terms of … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • LSSC Accepting Applications for Course Subsidies

    July 29, 2010 – The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is accepting applications for 55 subsidies of $200 from LSSC Candidates to enroll in and complete LSSC-approved courses. Candidates who receive a subsidy award will receive a $200 reimbursement after they pay for, and complete, an LSSC-approved course.

    To apply for a subsidy, candidates must be accepted in the LSSC Program by September 15, 2010.  Subsidy recipients must successfully complete one of LSSC’s Approved Courses by April 1, 2011.… Read the rest


  • Mayo Clinic Offers Work-Life Balance Tips

    Staff at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic offer excellent advice for finding and maintaining work-life balance. Among the ideas they list:

    1. “Track your time.” Detailed time-tracking allows us to remember where the day went – and how best to put the next day to better use. Awareness of how and where we spend our time may lead to some unpleasant surprises, but whether we realize that surfing TMZ is keeping us from work tasks, or (alternately) work tasks
    Read the rest

HR Law