Career Development Conference Workshops
The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be located in the Convention Center.
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.
Open House/Job Fair
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, January 9 - 10, 2016, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Appointments can be made in advance and onsite. For advance appointments, use the online sign-up form.
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, December 11, 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.
Career Development Workshops (CDW)
Listed below are the sessions that will be held in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development 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.
11:00am - 12:00pm
The number one goal for many of us, whether we are fresh out of library school or not, is finding a job. And not just any job -- a job that we like, a job that we can grow in and learn from and feel proud of, a job that will enhance our skill sets and propel our careers. But the process of finding a job can be a difficult one and, at times, a long and treacherous journey. This hands-on workshop will help you feel more confident in your job search by giving you the tools to organize a search, analyze job listings, write effective, compelling cover letters and resumes, and professionalize your interview game. All of which will help get you noticed -- in a good way.About the Presenter: Susanne Markgren
Susanne Markgren is the Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York. She has worked in libraries for twenty years, has written articles, book reviews, and chapters for a variety of publications and has co-authored the â€œCareer Q&A with the Library Career Peopleâ€� advice column since 2003. Her book, co-authored with Tiffany Eatman Allen, came out in 2013 and is titled, Career Q&A: A Librarianâ€™s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career. She received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College.
1:30 - 2:30pm
The quality of your work life and your health are more important than ever - especially if youâ€™re at midcareer where your expertise may be higher but your energy may have taken a dip. Workloads can seem overwhelming - with fewer resources and higher expectations. But you CAN take actions that will make a positive difference, put a smile back on your face, and a shine on your career efforts. Come to learn some easy-to-use tools and techniques to take great care of yourself and revitalize your career at the same time.Presenter: Caitlin Williams
Dan Hoppe is the Director of Human Resources for the American Library Association. Dan has over 18 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 - 2:30pm
There are timesâ€”nearly every dayâ€”when you have to make a choice of whether to use good etiquette or possibly risk embarrassment. Good manners can mean the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life. This interactive presentation will equip you with essential skills to help you put your best foot forward and avoid making a faux pas. The session focuses on professional etiquette as it relates to dining, dress/appearance (for job interviews, receptions, etc.), behavior and communications in the professional world. We will provide an extensive tutorial on etiquette skills needed when meeting potential employers, colleagues, or others in professional and social networking settings.
It does not matter if you are a student, a new graduate, or a professional who has been working for years. The information provided in this session will be useful either as an introduction or a refresher. Everyone who attends can benefit.
Cost is complimentary. Register early, as seating is limited. To register for this event, you should use the ALA Midwinter registration form. If you have already registered, you may add it to your registration. Use event code: HRD1.
For more information, email staff in the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) at email@example.com.
For more information on the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center activites,
contact Placement Manager, Beatrice
at the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting
January 9 - 10, 2016