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    Workshops and Information Sessions
    at the ALA 2014 Annual Conference
    Las Vegas, NV
    June 26 - July 1, 2014

    The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be located in Las Vegas Convention Center.
    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).

    SATURDAY, June 28

    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, June 28 & 29

    Placement Center Open
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days

    Career Counseling
    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.

    Sign Up Now!

    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
    2:00 - 3:00 pm

    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. You can also talk with librarians that have been participating in the ALA Emerging Leaders Program, Movers and Shakers as well as other amazing activities. All types of libraries will be represented. Libraries are changing and you need to be ready! Join us in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center to prepare, Saturday June 28th from 2:00-3:00pm. No appointment needed.

    Photography Service gold star

    An exciting new service is coming to the Placement Center. During the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, 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 or on-site.

    Photos will be taken in the Placement Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, 2014, 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 $15 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 Monday, June 16, 2014.

    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.

    Resume Critiquing Service
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. available both days
    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.
    If you are interested in getting an appointment, send an email to Cheryl L. Blevens to request an appointment.

    SUNDAY, June 29

    Open House
    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.

    On-the-Fly Mentoring
    11:00 am - 5:00pm

    Location: Placement Center

    Looking for some professional guidance and advice while at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas? If so, you should stop by the Placement Center on Sunday 29 June from 12:00 - 5:00pm 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 drop-in basis.

    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 - 10:30am
    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 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.

    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 - 12:30pm
    Answering Tough Questions As You Improve Your Interviewing Skills

    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 Ins and Outs of Job Hunting for Library Positions - An Insider's Perspective

    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
    Become a Social Media GURU in Your Job Search

    Social media has gained notoriety over the years and can be an effective tool whether you are looking for a job, making a job change or find yourself unemployed. When used correctly, social media can help to increase the number of job opportunities you will have and allow you to network with individuals and perspective employers. Participants will learn how to create a killer LinkedIn profile and effectively use Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest to network and find employment.

    About the Presenters: Angelique Simmons, Natasha Dass-Ford and Naomi House

    Mrs. Angelique Simmons is the Chief Librarian at the Throckmorton Library (military installation) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Mrs. Simmons has over ten years' experience as a librarian working in North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Germany. As a military spouse, Angelique has had to change jobs numerous time through-out the last ten years, so she has become somewhat of a "guru" when it comes to searching for jobs, navigating numerous social media outlets and from this experience she has learned many techniques that can help anyone when searching for a job. Many friends often call her the "career coordinator" because she has helped many over the last 10 years find jobs, rewrite their resumes and to SHINE during the application and interview process. Angelique obtained her Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University and will obtain her Master of Business Administration from American Public University, December 2014.

    Natasha Dass-Ford

    Ms. Natasha Dass-Ford, is a Youth Services Manager at the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in North Carolina, with over 11 years' experience in libraries. Natasha has extensive experience in researching and learning to navigate various social media sites in order to find information for job seekers. Natasha has also hosted many job fairs for those seeking employment and knows the right sources to search and where to send job seeekers. Natasha obtained her Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University as a recipient of the IMLS Diversity Scholars Program. She has been awarded the Exceptional Employee Award twice during her years at the library because of her significant contributions towards children and teen programming. Ms. Dass-Ford is an active member of the American Library Association, currently serving as the New Leaders' Representative to the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Board of Directors.

    Naomi House

    Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (I Need a Library Job). Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently in Cape Town, South Africa at the OCLC EMEA Regional Conference, and as a Keynote speaker at VLA, as well as at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and currently is an independent consultant. She runs her husband's moving labor website, KhanMoving.com, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn't encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.


    9:00 - 10:30am
    Getting a Library Job in a Foreign Country: How (and why) to do it and How to Thrive Once You Do

    Ever dream of leaving the US for a library job in an exotic metropolis or on a sunny tropical isle, but were too bewildered by uncertainty to actually apply? Wondering what types of people get hired by foreign libraries and how to maximize your chances of getting an interview? Meet two American librarians currently working abroad: Kate Holvoet, Library and Learning Commons Supervisor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Lara Phillips, Reader Services Librarian at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. Lara and Kate will give you the scoop on what working for a foreign library is really like, how to decide if a foreign job is the right move for you and what you need to know about the search and application process to succeed. Even if you're not considering taking a job abroad, you will enjoy this peek at the unique challenges presented by university and library life in other countries.

    About the Presenters: Lara Phillips and Kate Holvoet

    Katherine Holvoet supervises the Learning Commons in the library at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Kate has held several academic library positions during the course of her career, from State and Local Documents Librarian at Florida International University to International Documents Librarian/Head of Government Documents/Head of Online Services at the University of Utah. Thirteen years at the same institution and eleven years living in a condo with an insane Home Owner's Association board lead her to apply for her current position in the Middle East.

    Lara Seven Phillips oversees the Pacific Special Collections at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. During her more than two decades as a librarian she has worked in both public and academic libraries of all sizes, as well an NLS library for the visually impaired. A budget-related lay-off and lengthy job search in her home state of Washington led her to look overseas and accept the opportunity of a contract position with her current university.

    12:00 - 1:15pm
    Open Cover Letters Revealed! Job Search Stories and Advice from Newly Hired Librarians

    A diverse panel of recently hired librarians who submitted their cover letters to Open Cover Letters will tell their job search stories and offer advice on the job search process, from cover letter writing and library job applications, to the interview, offer negotiation and beyond. Moderated by Stephen X. Flynn, Emerging Technologies Librarian at The College of Wooster, Ohio, who created Open Cover Letters, a repository of anonymous cover letters written by hired librarians and archivists.

    About the Panelists:

    Tammy Ivins is the Interim Head of Reference at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC where she coordinates the reference and instruction team, along with serving as web librarian. Her professional research interests include digital librarianship, instructional technology, and the education of librarians. Tammy's most recent job hunt was in 2011, when she received her MSLS from the UNC-Chapel Hill. In her current position, she sits on the other side of the table and gets to hire librarians.

    Stephanie M. Roach is Librarian and Adjunct Faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. She serves as Chair for the California Library Association's Technical Services Interest Group, and is Co-founder of the Information Professionals Social Club. Her research interests include information literacy, social media, educational technology, metadata and intellectual property. Her most recent search ended in 2011, when she landed her current position. Now she has learned what it is like to sit on the other side of the table, as a member of the search committee.

    Megan Hertel is a Reference and Instruction Services Librarian at Texas A&M University- Kingsville in Kingsville, TX. Her research interests include instructional technology and information literacy. Megan's most recent job search ended in August 2012, 3 months after completing her MLS program at Emporia State University. She was asked be on her first search committee during her second day of work at TAMUK.

    Elena Azadbakht is Reference Librarian for Health Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, where she provides research support, information literacy instruction, outreach and collection development assistance to the Colleges of Health and Nursing. Her research interests include instruction, information seeking behavior, and website usability. Her big job search took place after she received her MSI in 2011, and she successfully applied for an internal position at her institution in 2013.

    About the Moderator:

    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.

    1:30 - 2:30pm
    The Interview -- Getting Ready for the Show

    Join one of 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 Presenter: Susanne Markgren

    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.).

    3:00 - 4:30pm
    Alternate Career Paths: Federal Opportunities

    How to be the STAR they seek to hire: tips from the Feds Getting your degree is just one step toward a brilliant career. With so many applicants holding the same degree, how do employers select whom to hire? Hear from hiring officials, resume reviewers and senior level librarians about the things they look for in a candidate. Hear from San Jose State University students who are enhancing their resume while still in school. Bring a resume along if you wish to have it reviewed.

    Moderator: Nancy Faget
    Sponsors: ALA Federal and Armed Forces Libraries, Careers in Federal Libraries, and Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science.

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

    Last rev. June 10, 2014