Volume 8, No. 12 • December 2011


  • Using Your Intelligence: How One Librarian Secured a Job Securing Her Country

    The Intelligence community needs librarians and the skills we bring. My experience accessing and manipulating multiple databases; evaluating and identifying the most relevant search results; packaging my findings into PowerPoint presentations and reports; and making oral presentations on my findings has been invaluable. Invariably I am asked to teach my colleagues how I “find all that stuff so fast.” I once handed an archived news article in full text to a colleague within 24 hours. When he … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • The Invisible Job Ladder

    Editor’s Note: The following article is an excerpt of Jeanette Woodard’s A Librarian’s Guide to an Uncertain Job Market, published by ALA Editions. Woodard’s book advises librarians on what to include and what to leave out of your resume, as well as how to navigate the current job market.

    Years ago, a friend who held the title of director decided she needed a change. When a new and more interesting position was created within her own library system, one … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • The Weather Outside is Frightful: Inclement Weather Closing Policies

    Winter is here, bringing with it marshmallows and cocoa, scarves and mittens – and the administrative headache of inclement weather closings. Library Worklife surveyed academic libraries across the nation, asking them how they handle weather-related absences.

    LW asked libraries the following questions:

    1. If you close early due to bad weather, do you still pay employees (exempt and nonexempt) for the full day?
    2. What if employees come in late or leave early — do they receive their full pay?
    3. Do you
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  • Women’s Employment Gains Stagnant Between October 2009 and August 2011

    Analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) indicates that as of August 2011, the employment gap between women and men in the wake of the economic recession has continued to grow. Data for the analysis is pulled from the Current Employment Statistics Program’s September 2 report.

    The following are included among IWPR’s observations and conclusions:

    • In October 2009, employment for men and women reached parity as a result of men’s job loss.
    • In the recovery, however, men’s employment
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Support Staff

  • LSSC Announces Financial Assistance, LTA Cooperative Agreements

    The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program announces two new initiatives: financial assistance for fifty LSSC applicants, and a program of cooperative agreements with Library Technical Assistance (LTA) programs.

    Financial Assistance
    The Library Support Staff Interest Round Table (LSSIRT), in cooperation with LSSC, now offers offers financial assistance to LSSC applicants. Recipients of LSSIRT’s Registration Assistance Awards will receive $175, half of the LSSC’s $350 registration fee. Fifty recipients will be selected; 114 applied. The fifty recipients will be announced … Read the rest


LW Tip

  • December 15 Webinar Offers Interview Tools

    Whether you’re in job-search mode, promotion mode or opportunity-seeking mode, your goal is the same: get that interview! The interview is the place where you can showcase your talents and demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job. Join the ALA JobLIST Placement Center for the next online chat to share ideas and resources and to learn the essential tools you need to be interview-ready. We’ll cover the research you need to do before the interview, materials you’ll … Read the rest