Volume 8, No. 4 • April 2011


  • Matenda School Library Project: Achieving Positive Change in a Harsh Economic Environment

    I am staring at a box of books. For two months, I have been unable to travel deep into the rural areas to get these books to where they are needed. These books are bound for Matenda Primary School, a school in rural Zimbabwe, and it is my job to deliver them.

    Life will never be the same in our economy but, despite the challenges, the onus is upon Zimbabweans to act. In the past, government grants … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • What Does One Do With a B.A. in French? Musings from a Non-Traditional Librarian

    How non-traditional am I as a librarian? I’m not sure I have a broad enough perspective to answer that question so I’ll let the readers decide. But I’ve followed my own gut, taken risks, changed paths regularly and relied on survival instincts along my professional path. I’ve been very fortunate and have had a mostly enjoyable and rewarding career.

    I started as a pre-med major in college. Those freshmen math and science courses quickly led me to … Read the rest


HR Practice

  • Practicing Influential Leadership

    John C. Maxwell, author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, argues that the “true measure of leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less.” Leadership is only effective if you have the ability to persuade others to follow you and/or carry out your ideas.

    Leadership dynamics vary between libraries. In larger libraries, leadership positions and channels of influence may be clearly, and formally, defined. Library deans and directors influence department heads’ choices, and front … Read the rest



  • Celebrate nation’s library workforce during National Library Workers Day, April 12

    CHICAGO – You type your search term into a search engine. You get 300,000 responses…now what?  Ask a librarian! Libraries don’t just offer the hardware, but also offer the expertise of librarians in helping teach people how to use the Internet and find the information they need quickly. Celebrate this and other contributions made by all library workers – including librarians and support staff on the 8th annual National Library Workers Day, April 12, 2011.

    Each year, thousands of communities … Read the rest

  • Clinton Kelly gives academic librarians advice on change

    Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC’s show What Not to Wear, was the closing keynote speaker at the 2011 Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference in Philadelphia, PA, on April 2.  Kelly is a fashion expert, and perhaps a life coach as he relates our personal image to our personal success and contentment.  He asked, “How do we know we’re ready for change?” and advised that everyone should “embrace our flaws and gifts, … Read the rest

  • Spring Into a Side Gig: Tips for Finding and Keeping a Second Job

    Ryan Seacrest is one of the hardest-working people in show business. He is a syndicated radio personality at KIIS FM, co-anchor of E! News, co-host of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and most notably the host of American Idol. He is a true mogul in the entertainment business.

    Like Ryan Seacrest, I have more than one job. In 2006, I was lucky to be hired as a full-time Librarian at the Palo Alto City Library before I graduated … Read the rest