Volume 9, No. 1 • January 2012


  • 12 Strategies for 2012: Actions You Can Begin Right Now to Leverage Your Career In the Year Ahead

    This past year has been a tough one, career-wise. Whether it’s trying to find meaningful work, dodging pink slips, doing more with less or finding out that we’re losing a much-loved job – it seems that some sort of career challenge has touched almost everyone recently. You may be looking forward to 2012 with hopes of new career opportunities. Or you may be trying to manage your anxiety as you wonder where and when that next … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • ALA Midwinter 2012 Offers Wealth of Career Development Resources

    Employers Interviewing for Open Positions

    A number of employers will conduct interviews in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center during the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. See full list at http://www.joblist.ala.org/modules/jobseeker/Recruiters.cfm.

    Need Help Polishing Your Resume?

    If you are attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, stop by the Placement Center in Hall C, Level 2 of the Dallas Convention Center for help with your resume. Librarians from all types of libraries and with various specializations have volunteered to … Read the rest

  • Stuck in Your Job Search?

    Join the Free Pre-Midwinter Webinar

    Do you feel mired down in your job search? Are your professional development strategies in a rut? The new year is an excellent time to refocus your career goals. A January 11 webinar hosted by the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will explore ways professionals can shake up their routine and write that resume, land that interview or make that important contact.

    Come ready to find out what gets you stuck and what you can do … Read the rest


  • How I Accidently Networked into my Library Career

    After I had attended library school for a year, my husband was accepted to a law program in San Diego. In the seven months before our move I applied to anything and everything library-related, but I found myself trapped in the “need experience to get experience” circle. As the move grew closer, and the need to pay the bills grew more pressing, I reluctantly widened my search. I was eventually offered an administrative assistant position … Read the rest

Support Staff

  • Free Webinar: Developing a Portfolio for the LSSC Program

    The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program, a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long informational webinar discussing portfolio creation from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

    Candidates for the program have two options for completing the competency sets needed for certification: taking and passing approved courses or compiling and submitting portfolios. This presentation will focus on helping candidates … Read the rest


  • How to Cope with the Rocks of Life

    Humana.com offers excellent advice on seeking mental health treatment, and on maximizing the benefits of professional counselling:

    Remember the old childhood song: “Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream”? When one is in harmony with life, problems are handled without excessive effort. Support from family and friends, along with inner resources, equips one to confidently maneuver around the rocks of life. However, life changes may cause difficulties with everyday coping. These life changes may be either anticipated or Read the rest

HR Law

  • NLRB postpones effective date of rights posting rule to April 30

    The National Labor Relations Board has agreed to postpone the effective date of its employee rights notice-posting rule at the request of the federal court in Washington, DC, after hearing a legal challenge regarding the rule. The Board’s ruling states that it has determined that postponing the effective date of the rule would facilitate the resolution of the legal challenges that have been filed with respect to the rule. The new implementation date is April 30, 2012.  

    This marks the Read the rest

  • Save Money – Don’t Pay for Government Forms and Posters

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that you must purchase certain government forms and posters from private companies. Some private ‘.com’ sites sell government documents using official-looking sites. However, most of the documents that you need to post in your workplace can be found free on government websites. You can find them at the Workplace Posters site. The Department of Labor has also designed the elaws Poster Advisor to help employers comply with the poster requirements of several laws administered by … Read the rest