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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released a summary on its findings as to the state of contingent and alternative employment arrangements through 2017. It's an interesting view of the segment of the labor force that has pursued non-traditional working arrangements. According to BLS, a contingent worker encompasses a range of people (the definition has varying levels of...

Information centers, whether in traditional libraries, law firms, or universities, must deal with a growing number of third-party vendors like LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Westlaw), and 3M Library Systems, just to name a few, which provide products and services essential to a modern research enterprise. Library professionals are not expert negotiators and so may feel intimidated by the prospect of negotiating...

SLA chose the theme of “be more” for the group’s 2018 Annual Conference. It’s actually “Bmore” in reference to the show’s Baltimore location, but the concept of being more is valid as librarianship continues to evolve. Those of you planning to attend SLA 2018, June 11-13 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will have plenty to see, hear and learn while there,...

Who is your favorite librarian? Someone who influenced you as a child, supported your academic pursuits, engages and enlightens you in your adulthood. What is your favorite library? The public library in your community, the library at your alma mater, a special library with a unique mission and purpose?...

Most humans hate change, yet our brains are wired to appreciate novelty and new things. Stability is a requirement of successful organizations, but so are innovation and disruption. Change happens every day, on personal and organizational levels, with or without our participation. It is incumbent on each of us to reflect regularly about change and manage the change we confront or strive...

Librarians have been assuming lots of new roles in the past ten years, one of which is organizing and managing continuing legal education (CLE) programs. They are ideal candidates for this responsibility in law firms, not to mention other professions with ongoing education requirements....

Far more cases of sexual harassment are being tried in the court of public opinion recently than at any time I can remember. That we are seeing so many examples of alleged sexual harassment, or past settlements made that are just coming to light, is an unfortunate narrative whose plot should have been changed long ago. ...

Fact-based knowledge gaps are easy to identify and fill. Even if you’re a “department of one”, you can rely on courses to maintain technical skills. But what about your personal development? While a good team of colleagues and co-workers can provide a network of professional learning and support, it doesn’t always include individual career needs and life goals. To nurture those,...

While many surveys show that people want remote work flexibility, if not all the time at least some of the time. But the truth is, if your remote work option is an all-or-nothing proposition—meaning you will work from home 100% of the time—make sure you have considered the complete picture before making the commitment....