ALA HR newsletter

The American Library Association (ALA) is cooperating with the Allied
Professional Association (APA) on an a-zine about HR related issues in libraries...The American Library Association (ALA) is cooperating with the Allied
Professional Association (APA) on an e-zine about HR related issues in libraries.
The first issue has articles on "Networking for career succes" and the 2003 Annual Salaries Survey amongst others.

Click here to read the first issue.

Comments

Kudos to the ALA on this one. It's a nice Site, and I think ALA-APA's mission is one we can all get behind: “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.�For my money, this is the kind of stuff I like to see the folks in Chicago focusing on.

Amen on Blake's comments.

Also, goodonthem for emphasizing all library workers and actually including support staff content in the first issue.

I have an article in the next issue about rural libraries and the VT initiative to pay workers reasonable wages.

As someone who was peripherally involved with the task force early on, I can tell you that this group is absolutely committed to making sure any such efforts do include all library workers. It was with this group that I felt like I'd found a home in ALA--it was a support staff member who drew me in and made me feel most welcomed.

Another bit of good news along the same lines is that Council approved a greatly reduced membership fee for support staff. Getting libraries on-board with realizing the value of professional development for support staff will be a trick, though.