Volume 9, No. 9 • September 2012


  • Workplace Bullying Does Not Have to Shortchange Your Career or Your Well Being

    By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

    Would it surprise you to learn that up to 44 percent of U.S. workers report that they are or have been bullied at work? Even greater numbers of workers have reported witnessing bullying in the workplace. And the US isn’t alone; other countries across the globe report high incidences of bullying. And for most of these countries, reports of bullying are on the rise.

    Furthermore, the United Nations-sponsored International Labor Office (ILO) has reported that professions … Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • Online Workshops a Growing Opportunity for Professional Development

    By Rory Litwin 

    Many librarians are required to pursue professional development and continuing education, in order to maintain a credential, to justify promotion or, in the case of many academic librarians, tenure. Conference attendance is a major professional development activity for librarians, but tight budgets and a desire for greener alternatives to air travel are leading many to participate in local and regional conferences and in online workshops and courses. Local and regional conferences give librarians an opportunity to network … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Employers Can Use Long Term Disability Coverage as a Benefits Tool

    Due to rising costs, budget cuts, legislative changes and new options during the past decade, the landscape of employee benefits has changed. As a result, employers have shifted more costs and increased decision-making responsibilities to employees. Given the new possibilities of a variety of benefits, many employees make selections blindly or not at all (thinking the costs outweigh the possible benefits). Included in this is the option of having long-term disability coverage. However, employers can use open enrollment as a … Read the rest



  • Survey Results Indicate Salaries for Librarians in 2012 Flat – and, in Some Cases, Lower

    According to the newly-released 2012 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic, average salaries for librarians have increased less than one percent. Survey responses from public and academic libraries in all 50 states and the District of Columbia indicate that salaries range from $22,000 in public libraries to more than $258,000, with the highest salary earners being library directors in university libraries.

    The Salary Survey shows aggregated data from 11,315 individual salaries and 618 libraries. Data is shown … Read the rest


Support Staff

  • Library Support Staff Certification Program Offers Two September Webinars

    The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer two free webinars in September. On Friday, September 14 at 2:00 pm (CST), LSSC will host an hour-long webinar on the program and how it works. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library Support Staff, employers and library users. You will also have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered by program staff members. This webinar is open to all interested candidates. Register to attend … Read the rest


HR Law

  • NLRB Finds Many Social Media Policies Unlawful

    In a twenty-four page report, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded that at least some of the provisions in many employers’ policies and rules covering such topics as the use of social media and electronic technologies, confidentiality, privacy, protection of employer information, intellectual property and contact with the media and government agencies are overbroad and thus unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act. The report provided specific examples where portions of employers’ policies were unlawful. It also provided … Read the rest

  • DOL Updates Health Benefits and FMLA Advisors

    UPDATED: Health Benefits Advisor for Employers

    The Health Benefits Advisor for Employers outlines the federal laws that can affect health benefit coverage provided by group health plans. The Advisor explains the legislation, statutes and regulations in Parts 6 and 7 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

    UPDATED: Family and Medical Leave Act Advisor

    The FMLA Advisor has been recently updated to reflect revised regulations and recent amendments to the law. The Advisor helps … Read the rest

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