Workshops and Information Sessions
at the ALA 2014 Midwinter Meeting
January 24 - January 28, 2014
The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be located in Pennsylvania Convention
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
SATURDAY, January 25
Placement Center Orientation
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. We will have staff available to answer your questions.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, January 25 & 26
Placement Center Open
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. available both days
Location: Placement 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.
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 signup form.
Resume Critiquing Service
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. available both days
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.
If you are interested in getting an appointment, send an email to Cheryl L. Blevens to request an appointment.
SUNDAY, January 26
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.
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
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, Emily Backe, and Leo Agnew
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.
Emily is the HR Director for the University of Chicago Library, overseeing and assessing all human resources activities including recruitment and hiring, professional development and training, compensation, and employee and labor relations. Previously, she gained extensive recruitment and workforce planning experience as an HR Director at an auditing firm and as a recruiter at a headhunting organization specializing in the placement of software and mechanical engineers. Emily earned a Master's in Human Resources in 2005 and has held the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification since 2006.
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.
11:00am - 12:00pm
Open Cover Letters Live: Writing a Cover Letter that Will Get You Noticed
They say that a good cover letter can be the difference between a search committee reading your resume or throwing it into the "no" pile. This workshop will use examples of successful cover letters and a series of exercises to inspire job seekers to write cover letters that showcase their skills and enthusiasm, and help their applications rise to the top. Feel free to bring copies of job postings and cover letters that you have used in the past.
About the Presenter: Stephen X. Flynn
Stephen X. Flynn is Emerging Technologies Librarian at the College of Wooster, Ohio where he facilitates the creation of digital collections and the digital preservation of student and faculty scholarship. After a lengthy job search in 2011, he created OpenCoverLetters.com, a repository of cover letters written by hired librarians, and was recognized by Library Journal as a Mover & Shaker in 2012.
12:15 - 1:15pm
Make a Strong Impression: Resume Writing Skills
The presenter has polled HR Managers and hiring managers and will share his insights into what employers are looking for in candidates and what you can do to put your best foot forward. Bring your lunch, and we'll provide the desserts.
About the Presenter: Quinn Galbraith
Quinn Galbraith has worked as the Human Resource Manager at Brigham Young University for ten years. He has a masters in Human Resource Management from Utah State University and a masters in Library Science from University of North Texas.
1:30 - 2:30pm
The Ins and Outs of Job Hunting for Library Positions - An Insider's
An experienced ARL recruiter provides a review of the selection process and lots of specific pointers for those seeking their first or next position.
About the Presenter: Brian Keith
As Associate Dean for Administrative Services and Faculty Affairs, Brian is the most senior Human Resources, Grants, Facilities and Financial management professional for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida.
This system includes 405 employees and annual
funding in excess of 34 million dollars. Brian manages the recruitment
process for all library positions. Brian has a distinguished history
of service to the profession and has noteworthy accomplishments
in research and scholarship. Brian is also a recipient of the SirsiDynix-ALA-APA
Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status
for Library Workers.
3:00 - 4:30pm
The Interview -- Getting Ready for the Show
Join the authors of Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career, for a hands-on workshop on interviewing! During the workshop we'll look at what to expect when interviewing at different types of libraries: academic, special, and public. We'll discuss, and practice, both remote and in-person interviews, and talk about the importance of doing your research, preparing questions for your interviewers, and showing confidence and personality during your interview.
We will talk about, and critique, interview-appropriate attire, and discuss how to avoid common wardrobe pitfalls, as well as give you tips on staying comfortable while looking professional. We will work on developing your elevator pitch, and practice answering the most commonly asked interview questions. We will provide tips on what to bring with you to the interview, and advice on how to follow up after the interview. Throughout, we'll emphasize how to go beyond the qualifications listed on your resume in order to show a potential employer that you are the right candidate for the job.
About the Presenters: Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Allen
Susanne Markgren is the Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York. Previously, she has worked in public and special libraries and as a career consultant and an adjunct instructor. She is a past president of ACRL/NY, and the current mentoring program coordinator. She has written articles, book reviews, essays, and chapters for a variety of publications and has co-authored "Career Q&A with the Library Career People" since 2003. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from Manhattanville College. With Tiffany Eatman Allen, she is co-author of Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career (Information Today, Inc.).
Tiffany Eatman Allen is the Director of Library Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library. She works extensively with librarians, staff, and Information and Library Science graduate students. She has served as co-chair of the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) Human Resources Section, and currently co-chairs the ACRL Personnel Administrators and Staff Development Officers Discussion Group. She holds a BA and MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published in traditional print media, including C&RL News and in The Librarian's Career guidebook, as well as several articles written online for LISCareer.com.
Additionally, she has served as co-editor of LISCareer.com and as co-author of
"Career Q&A with the Library Career People" since 2003. With Susanne Markgren,
she is co-author of "Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real-Life, Practical Guide to
Managing a Successful Career" (Information Today, Inc.).
9:00 - 10:30am
Improve Your Interviewing Skills and Answer Tough Questions
The session presenter will help you discover how to capitalize on the first impression, become familiar with behavioral interviewing technique, and adapt your style based on various interview formats (i.e. telephone, Skype, face to face). In this session, we will also give tips on what to say or not say in the interview as well as help you know how to tell your story so that you can be prepared for any interview.
About the Presenter: Lila Fredenburg
Prior to becoming a librarian, Fredenburg practiced labor and employment law in Ohio and Illinois for almost twenty years. She received her MLIS from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1998. She served as human resources librarian at Indiana University and at Princeton University before accepting a position as Associate Director of Administration at Florida State University Libraries. She has served as Director of Administrative Services at Rutgers University Libraries since 2007 and has responsibility for human resources, training and development, finance, facilities and communication functions.
She has been active in LLAMA and has served as chair of the human resources section and convener of the Labor Relations Managers discussion group and most recently chaired the joint ACRL-LLAMA 2013 President's Program Committee.
1:30 - 2:30pm
The Interview Trump Card: Writing Your Cover Letter
A cover letter is a letter of introduction in which you present yourself to your prospective employer. We all know first impressions are important and this applies to your cover letter as well. In this session your will learn what elements, tone, and formatting will be most successful in getting an interview.
Presenter: Bonnie Smith
With over 20 years of experience in human resources and project management Bonnie Smith is the Assistant Program Director for Human Resources for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. In this capacity she is responsible for recruitment, employee relations, professional development, and faculty affairs for a system that includes over 400 employees. Prior to this Bonnie worked at two other institutions of higher education and in international public health and development. She possesses a breadth of experience in human resources and specifically recruitment. Her service accomplishments are noteworthy as well as her accomplishments in research and scholarship.
3:00 - 4:30pm
Job Search Workshop: Focus on Federal Librarianship!
thinking about Federal librarianship, internships, and a career path that
can take you all around the globe. Students can learn about the variety of
great practicum and virtual internship opportunities ... along with tips on
how to land the right one for you! Recent graduates can learn about the
Presidential Management Fellows program, a fast track into government
management. Job seekers get tips on alternative career options and
networking. This experience will help you now and throughout your career!
Brought to you by Careers in Federal Libraries and ALA Federal and Armed Forces
Libraries Round Table
For more information on the ALA JobLIST Placement Center activites,
contact Placement Manager, Beatrice
Last rev. 1/17/14