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    Career Development Workshops and Information Sessions
    at the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting
    January 9 - 10, 2016

    The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be located in the 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).

    Placement Center Orientation
    Saturday, January 9, 2016
    8:30 a.m. in the Placement Center

    This orientation is intended for people who are not familiar with the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development 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
    Jauuary 9 - 10, 2016
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Career Counseling
    Saturday & Sunday
    Jauuary 9 - 10, 2016
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    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, January 10, 2016
    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, 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.

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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 (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.


    9:00 - 10:30am
    CDW: Family Care and Work Culture as Experienced by Women in the Workplace

    Description to come
    Presented by Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor

    11:00am - 12:00pm
    CDW: Preparing for Today’s Job Market: the Search, the Application, and the Interview

    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 “Career Q&A with the Library Career People� advice column since 2003. Her book, co-authored with Tiffany Eatman Allen, came out in 2013 and is titled, Career Q&A: A Librarian’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
    CDW: How to Get Your Bounce Back!

    The quality of your work life and your health are more important than ever - especially if you’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


    9:00 - 10:30am
    CDW: 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 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.

    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
    Professional Etiquette 101

    There are times—nearly every day—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 hrdr@ala.org.

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

    Last revised Oct. 7, 2015