Volume 8, No. 9 • September 2011


  • Trailing or Trail-Blazing? One Librarian Weighs Her Baggage and Follows Her Spouse

    Recently, a newlywed asked me for life advice. She plans to attend library school, and her husband is pursuing a doctoral degree in the humanities. Together they are considering where to apply for graduate school, and they are looking ahead at dual-career opportunities and challenges. Over twenty years ago I found myself in a similar situation. Somehow I had managed to fall in love with a graduate student pursuing a degree in German medieval literature. I had … Read the rest


Career Advancement



  • ALA issues RFP for national salary survey

    CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) seeks proposals to conduct a national Web-based salary survey for the 2012 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic. The survey is sent to directors and human resources staff in a random sample of both public and academic libraries.

    The contractor will be responsible for distributing the survey to the sample in early 2012, collecting and analyzing the data and preparing the data for print and database use. … Read the rest



  • Reducing Work Related Stress – 3 Tips to Try Everyday

    Let’s face it . . . stress is an unfortunate by-product of any job. Stress-induced headaches, moodiness and fatigue can put employees on edge. My transition from eager entry level librarian to enthusiastic library manager brought its share of stress, and along the way the following tricks have helped me weather stressful situations. These are not medical or psychiatric practices, but rather attitude adjustments I have tried firsthand.

    Irate patrons? Marathon meetings? Whether you work … Read the rest