Paula M. Singer is the president and principal consultant of The Singer Group, Inc., a management-consulting firm she founded in 1983. Paula provides consulting services in the areas of talent and leadership development; succession planning; compensation and performance management; strategic planning; organization design and development; training and other human resource development services to clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Public and academic libraries, as well as library associations, state libraries, and Boards of Trustees throughout the country have engaged The Singer Group to conduct a variety of human resources studies and projects. She is the coauthor, with Laura Francisco, of Designing a Compensation System for Your Library, Second Edition, coauthor of Winning with Library Leadership: Enhancing Services through Connection, Contribution, and Collaboration (with Christi Olson) and Human Resources for Results: The Right Person for the Right Job (with Jeanne Goodrich), all published by the American Library Association. Paula has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at ALA, PLA, and state library association conferences and events.
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Compensation experts Paula M. Singer and Laura L. Francisco update the groundbreaking 2002 book with new analysis of emerging workforce trends in Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library, Second Edition. In this edition, Singer and Francisco tackle the new challenges facing administrators and human resources planners such as retirement of the Baby Boomers, determining the compensation value of an MLS, and how to retain your organization's high-performing employees.
Included within this user-friendly text are the updated versions of the numerous checklists, worksheets, and salary surveys that made the first edition such a reliable resource. This revised information reflects the changes in the labor market, with added sample forms and real-world examples. In addition, this book offers
- Practical guidance through case studies and anecdotes from the authors' experience as managers and consultants
- Cogent reasoning for creating a formal compensation plan
- Detailed advice on planning a compensation review
This thorough book's refreshed and relevant content will familiarize you with the process of developing a compensation plan, as well as guide you through potential challenges like maintaining staff morale. With the authors' advice and experience, this book is an invaluable tool in today's competitive market.
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List of Figures
List of Worksheets
1. Compensation Plan Objectives
2. Preliminary Planning
3. Context and Compensation Philosophy
4. Job Analysis
5. Job Descriptions
6. Point Factor Job Evaluation System for Internal Equity
7. Market Pricing
8. Executive Compensation
9. Salary Structure Design
Appendix Project Work Plan and Time Line
"This guide will help people to revise an existing plan and educate staff about the factors that influence compensation. It also will help in management's analysis of what is needed to retrain staff or to recuit necessary personnel. A practical text that managers should read, if only to enable them to improve and strengthen existing pay plans."
"Not only will those working on compensation plans for libraries benefit from the work but so too will students learning about human resources in libraries and elsewhere can also benefit from the knowledge presented."
"This resource gives head librarians everything they need to know to deal with today's job market, not to mention dips in staff morale. Libraries are employers like any other company, albeit one with limited resources, and authors Paula Singer and Laura Francisco give librarians the crash course they need to best understand a complex and effective hiring process that will help the library as well as its employees ... a fine addition to community library science collections."
--The Midwest Book Review
"The cover photo of a dangling carrot adds a touch of humor to this handbook for library professionals, staff, and human resources personnel, contrasting with the no-nonsense interior explaining how to conduct a salary survey, analyze the data, and use it to design a pay plan that fits an individual library's culture. The book provides library staff with an overview of the planning steps necessary before a compensation study begins, explains the compensation process so that library staff can understand the work of compensation consultants, and links compensation issues to broader organizational and strategic issues ... In addition to library staff, the audience for the book includes members of compensation reivew teams working in public, academic, and special libraries and the nonprofit sector."
--Book News Inc.
"This book is highly recommended for any library that is embarking on a compensation plan study. It would also serve as an excellent reference for human resources staff and libraty managers."
--Internet Reference Services Quarterly