Volume 8, No. 2 • February 2011


  • Write now, right now for Library Worklife

    National Library Workers Day is coming soon, on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.  As you think of ways to celebrate, one would be to write an article to be featured in this newsletter about why your staff or director is amazing.  You could tell others how you managed to eek out a raise for staff or creative ways to recognize accomplishments.  Or, if you just love to write, we welcome your articles for the other 11 months of the year when
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Career Advancement


  • The Library Interview Process: Public vs. Academic

    The interview. It is both a cause for relief (these days, being granted an interview is cause for celebration) and a cause of anxiety (few of us consider job interviews fun). But job interviews help the candidate, not just the employer; the interview allows the candidate to determine whether the open position is a good fit.

    Every library is different, but there are some common practices within – and notable differences between – public and academic libraries.… Read the rest


  • The Side Gig: I Never Thought I’d Have to Work a Second Job

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series leading to a program called “The Side Gig,” hosted by ALA-APA at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June 2011.

    I never thought I’d have to work a second job. Ten years ago, my husband lost his information technology (IT)  job. He tried going to school to develop a new set of job skills and that didn’t work out well. In the beginning we took what … Read the rest