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    Workshops and Information Sessions
    at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference
    San Francisco
    June 27 - 28, 2015

    The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be located in the Moscone Convention Center - Room 104 (N).
    Note: Conference registration is NOT required to go to the Placement Center, to use Placement services, or to attend any workshop that is held in the Placement Center. All services and sessions are free (unless otherwise noted).

    Placement Center Orientation
    Saturday, June 27, 2015
    8:30 a.m. in the Placement Center

    This orientation is intended for people who are not familiar with the ALA JobLIST Placement Center. We will walk around the Center and discuss the available services and activities. Both employers and job seekers are welcome to attend. Staff will be available to answer your questions.

    Placement Center Open
    Saturday & Sunday
    June 27 - 28, 2015
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Career Counseling
    Saturday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, June 28, 9:00am - 11:00am and 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Recharge your career by meeting with a professional career coach. She can guide you in strategizing for the next phase of your career, solving a problem in your current job situation, defining goals, and/or rejuvenating your career. Each one-on-one session is 20 minutes, and is completely confidential.

    If you have never experienced career counseling, or just haven't used this type of service in a long time, this is the perfect opportunity to either introduce yourself to or reacquaint yourself with a service that can be useful throughout your career. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with a knowledgeable professional about your career concerns. This service is free and available whenever the Placement Center is open.

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    You also have the option of going to the Placement Center on-site to sign-up for a time slot. However, appointments go quickly, so consider signing up in advance using the online sign-up form.

    Check Out a Librarian
    Saturday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Are you a job seeker? Looking to find your librarian niche? Want to move up the librarianship ladder but not sure how? Are you interested in some of ALA's amazing programs or getting involved in activities? Well, we have an event just for you! Join us to talk with working librarians who are doing great and interesting things with their careers. Find out how to get a job, move into a more specialized area, or move into your career goals. All types of libraries will be represented. Libraries are changing and you need to be ready! No appointment needed.

    On-the-Fly Mentoring
    Saturday, 9:00am - 12:00pm
    and Sunday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Looking for some professional guidance and advice while at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco? If so, you should stop by the Placement Center for the ACRL - University Libraries Section's "On-the-Fly" Mentoring to talk with an experienced librarian about any and all aspects of your career. Mentoring sessions are available by appointment and on a first-come, first-served drop-in basis.

    Open House/Job Fair
    Sunday, June 28, 2015
    10:30am - 12:00pm
    Location: Placement Center

    Employers will be available to talk to conference attendees about their institutions. You do not have to be an active job seeker to attend. Conference attendees can feel free to walk around and talk to employers. No appointment necessary. See the Recruiters at Conference page to see the participating employers. Employers who want to participate should contact Beatrice Calvin. There is no cost to participate.

    Photography Service gold star
    Saturday and Sunday,
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    An exciting service is now part of the Placement Center. The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be offering all attendees the opportunity to have a "headshot" photo package created. Any attendee can sign-up for an appointment with ALA's conference photography team to have a professional photo taken and set of digital images created for the attendees' use in job applications, social media and other networking opportunities. Sign-up now.

    Photos will be taken in the Placement Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 - 28, 2015, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Appointments can be made in advance and onsite. For advance appointments, use the online sign-up form will be available soon.

    There is a nominal fee of $20 which can be paid either in advance with a check or money order, or onsite with cash, money order or check only. All advance payments must be received by Friday, June 12, 2015.

    To pay in advance, complete the registration form and mail it along with payment made payable to the American Library Association to the following address: ALA/HRDR, c/o Beatrice Calvin, Placement Photo Service, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

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    Resume Review Service
    Saturday & Sunday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Placement Center

    If you need help getting your resume polished, stop by the Placement Center while you are at conference. Come and discover the best way to show your most recent accomplishments with an updated resume.

    The resume critiquing service is free and available whenever the Placement Center is open. Advance sign-up is suggested as appointments go quickly. We will take appointments soon.

    Career Development Workshops

    Listed below are the sessions that will be held in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center (unless otherwise noted). There is no cost to attend. Registration is not required. Please return to this page often, as more details will be added.


    9:00 - 10:00am
    Meet the Bohemian Librarians: Using Your Librarian Skills in Innovative Ways

    Following up on the March/April 2015 American Libraries article, “The Bohemian Librarian,� meet some librarians who have gone off the beaten path with their career choices, blending librarian skills in innovative ways. They will discuss their own career paths and provide tools for those looking to explore employment outside the traditional library.

    The Presenters: Kate Kosturski, Fallon Bleich, and Claire Schmieder

    11:00am - 12:00pm
    The Key to Getting Interviews: Great Cover Letters and Resumes

    You can’t show the hiring manager what a perfect fit you are for that job you really want if you can’t get an interview. Effective cover letters and resumes can be the key to getting your foot in the door. Come to this session to get tips from someone who reviews cover letters and resumes on a daily basis. You will leave with ideas for polishing your resume and cover letters so that you can start getting those interviews.

    Dan Hoppe, the Director of Human Resources at the American Library Association, will share his years of experience in human resources to help attendees understand how to prepare great cover letters and resumes--ones that will help you secure interviews.

    About the Presenter: Dan Hoppe

    Dan Hoppe is the director of Human Resources for the American Library Association. Dan has over 17 years of experience working in human resources. He has worked in a variety of settings including start-ups, a Fortune 150 Company and county government.

    1:00 - 2:00pm
    The Path Rarely Taken: Becoming a Librarian Through Temporary Positions

    The job market can be a tough place for new professionals who are trying to break into the field of librarianship. Landing the dream job might not occur immediately but there are other great short term opportunities that can help you jumpstart a career. This workshop will expose non-traditional opportunities such as fellowships, library residency programs, and internships that can assist in landing a permanent professional position. The objectives and benefits of these opportunities will be discussed, as well as how to best position yourself for this type of employment. Please come with your questions and be prepared for an informative session.

    About the Presenter: Heylicken "Hayley" Moreno

    Hayley Moreno is the Resource Description Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries. Before landing her first librarian position she was the diversity fellow for the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Inc. She is the current vice co-chair of the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) which provides resources and events centered on job readiness and professional development for current library school students, recent graduates, and early career librarians. Hayley earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida in 2011.

    3:00 - 4:00pm
    Lessons From Hiring Librarians

    Emily Weak, founder of the blog Hiring Librarians, will reveal lessons learned from interviews with hundreds of people who hire librarians and nearly 600 job hunters. The workshop will use the Hiring Librarians survey format to also look at the job hunting experiences of attendees, in order to help develop personalized strategies for finding work.

    About the Presenter: Emily Weak

    Since founding Hiring Librarians in 2012, Emily Weak has had the opportunity to conduct surveys and interviews with hundreds of people who hire librarians, in all library types, and nearly 600 job hunting librarians. She has worked with the authors of over 15 books on LIS careers, and of 20 scholarly articles. She has curated crowd-sourced resume/CV review, and a crowd-sourced list of interview questions. She currently works as an adult & virtual services librarian in California's Silicon Valley, at the city of Mountain View Public Library.


    9:00 - 10:00am
    HR Confidential: Insider Tips from Library HR Directors

    An informal discussion/Q&A session where you can gain an insider's perspective on the recruitment process from three experienced HR Directors. Get tips on how to make your application stand out. Find out how to be your own best advocate for professional development and career advancement. Explore negotiation strategies to ensure you get the most out of your offer package. All questions are welcome!

    About the Presenters: Kathryn Kjaer, Leo Agnew and Dan Hoppe

    Kathryn is the Academic Personnel & Training Coordinator at the University of California, Irvine Libraries, a role she has held for 7 years. She coordinates all aspects of the UCI Libraries' librarian recruitment process working closely with search committees, department heads, and campus units. She also oversees the librarian academic review process and coordinates library-wide training and orientation programs. Prior to her current Human Resources role, Kathryn held a variety of librarian positions in ARL libraries. Kathryn holds a Master's in Library Science from the University of Iowa.

    Leo has 23 years of human resource experience which includes 14 years as an HR Director in ARL Libraries. In his current role, he supports the mission of the UI Libraries by overseeing human resource and diversity program activities which include organizational analysis and change efforts, strategic planning, academic and classified staff recruitment, staff training, employee relations, and more. His duties require working collaboratively with library staff as well as campus-level administrators. Leo earned a Master's in Public Administration in 2009.

    Dan Hoppe is the director of Human Resources for the American Library Association. Dan has over 17 years of experience working in human resources. He has worked in a variety of settings including start-ups, a Fortune 150 Company and county government.

    For more information on the ALA JobLIST Placement Center activites, contact Placement Manager, Beatrice Calvin.

    Last revised April 13, 2015