Placement Center

Welcome to the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service!

For more than 50 years, the American Library Association's (ALA) Placement Service has provided opportunities for employers and job seekers to meet, network, and achieve success in reaching their employment goals. 

Designed to give employers and job seekers access to information on a year-round basis, ALA JobLIST is the official ALA job site. Resumes and job openings should be posted here.

Events and activities in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center are designed to help job seekers retool their skills and prepare for job searches. They are intended for people at every stage of their careers--not just new graduates. Employers are encouraged to interact with job seekers at every level.

ALA JobLIST Placement Center

Upcoming Events

American Library Association cancels 2020 Annual Conference due to COVID-19

  • ALA 2020 Annual Conference JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Conference Dates: June 25 - June 30, 2020
    Placement Center Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2020
    Times of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    For information on conducting interviews at the conference, contact Beatrice Calvin at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4280.

    For information on the full ALA Annual Conference, visit the ALA Annual Conference site.


Placement & Career Development Center Activities

All previously scheduled, in-person events have been canceled. However, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be hosting several webinars during the month of July. Each one-hour session will be held on a Wednesday, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Central). You may register for any or all of them. Space is limited, so register early. These sessions are listed below.

July 8 – Wellness: Managing Stress and Taking Care of Yourself

Join us for this interactive session where we will discuss signs of stress and how it impacts you physically and mentally. You will walk away with stress reduction techniques that you can use immediately. Leave feeling refreshed and prepared to meet challenges in healthier, more productive ways.

July 15 – Action and Balance: Using Narrative and Self-Compassion on the Job Hunt

What’s the best way to convey to a potential employer the active approach you’ll take to your new tasks and responsibilities, if they’ll just give you the chance? What do you do when you’ve heard “no” one too many times? If you are currently job hunting, or you’re afraid you might lose the job you have, how will you contend with uncertainty in the job market? In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to use a specific approach to describing yourself in active terms for interview questions and cover letters, ways to actively support your job search (and your career) in times of uncertainty, and explore some techniques for staying positive and balanced by showing oneself the kindness and compassion that we often reserve for others. The presenters will provide exercises from their recent career development book, How to Thrive as a Library Professional (Libraries Unlimited, 2019).  

July 22 – How to Advance in Your Career in Times of Uncertainty

Are you interested in advancing your career and seeking a promotion to supervisor or manager? Are you curious about the ways in which the role of supervisor is different from your current technical and professional duties? Are you wondering if you are prepared to manage a team? How can you send the right message to prospective employers about your readiness to move up the chain of command? What do you have to do to move up? Is it even possible in this COVID-19 work environment? Join us to discuss these and other questions.  

July 29 – Creating a Culture of Wellness for Library Staff

It is now more important than ever to create a healthy environment for library workers. Fostering a culture of wellness can help lower stress, reduce burnout, improve recovery from compassion fatigue and more. This webinar will take a holistic approach as we discuss aspects of a healthy workplace including physical, mental, and emotional components. We will explore why, and how, libraries should focus on improving the health and wellness of library staff. 


Activities listed below have been canceled.

  • Career Counseling
    Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Recharge your career by meeting with a professional counselor. The counselor 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 introduce yourself 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 openSign up for an appointments will be available soon. 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.

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  • Orientation
    Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

    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 available services and activities. Both employers and job seekers are welcome to attend. Staff will be available to answer your questions.

  • Open House - Job Fair
    Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Employers will be available to talk to conference attendees about their institutions. No appointment necessary. Job seekers are free to walk around and talk to any employer. Employers who want to participate in the Open House, should request a table by submitting a participation form. Contact Beatrice Calvin at 800/545-2433 ext. 4280 for more information or to reserve a table. No cost to participate. Active ad on JobLIST is required.

  • Photography Service
    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 & Career Development Center offers 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. 

    Photos will be taken in the Center on Saturday and Sunday, 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 three weeks before the start of conference.

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

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  • Resume Reviews
    Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    If you need help getting your resume polished off, 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 & Career Development Center is open.  We will add a link to the online sign up page as we get closer to conference.  You will also have the option of going to the Placement Center on-site to sign-up for a time slot.  However, appointments go quickly. Sign-up will be available soon.  


  • Workshops at Conference

    A variety of career-guidance workshops will be held in the Placement Center. The current list of sessions can be found on the Conference Workshops page.



Employers who want a recruitment booth on site in the Placement Center should complete the Booth reservation form and email it to the Placement & Career Development Center's manager, Beatrice Calvin. The cost of a booth is $625.00. Please review the Booth Reservation form for information on what is included in this fee.

We are planning on holding an Open House in the Placement Center on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Representatives from various library and library-related companies will have an opportunity to talk with conference attendees about work environments as well as activities in and around their institutions (i.e. sports, arts, music, community involvement, etc.).

There is no cost to participate in the Open House. Employers interested in participating should complete the Open House Participation form and email it to Beatrice CalvinActive ad on JobLIST is required. For more information, contact Beatrice at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4280.

Employers who want to post job positions should register and post them on ALA JobLIST. Special discounts may be available for organizations participating in the face-to-face Placement Center; contact  Beatrice Calvin for more information.

Employers with an active online ad on ALA JobLIST can also review resumes of registered job seekers with active profiles. Once your ad is active, you will have access to the résumés. To arrange interviews before and during the conference, employers can contact job seekers directly, if they have opted to include access to their personal contact information within their JobLIST profile or résumé.

Employers who want to use the on-site interviewing facilities in the Placement Center must have an active ad on ALA JobLIST during the conference period.

It is the employers' responsibility to reserve interview tables. Job seekers cannot do this. To reserve interview space, employers should first confirm the date and time of your interviews with candidates. Then sign-up for a table on the online form. You should be prepared to give the candidate's name along with the day and time of the interview. You may also go to the onsite Placement Center to get a table assignment.

Employers who have a recruitment booth onsite in the Placement Center will not need to get table assignments. You can conduct interviews in your private interview space. You have control of your own scheduling.

Employers who have contacted job seekers directly through ALA JobLIST (or chosen to include a link to it in their ads for job seekers to contact them) should login to JobLIST on a regular basis to check for messages in the period leading up to and including the conference.

Employers who will be meeting with potential candidates in the Placement Center during the next ALA conference should be sure their JobLIST account information and communication settings are up to date.

If you have questions, concerns, or need help, feel free to contact ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Manager, Beatrice Calvin at or (800) 545-2433 ext. 4280. 

Job Seekers

Job seekers should register and search for jobs on ALA JobLIST. All services are free to job seekers.

Free registration on ALA JobLIST is not required to view job postings, but it can be to the job seeker's advantage to do so. Registration and activation of a free job seeker profile will give actively hiring employers access to your resume information. It will also allow for direct communication between you and the employer. If you see a position that you are interested in, you can contact the employer directly as they instruct in their ad.

If you need help getting your résumé polished, stop by the Placement Center while you are at conference. The New Members Round Table provides résumé critiquing service to conference attendees. You will be able to sign up soon. The service is free.

There will also be a number of free workshops on interviewing, résumés, cover letters, etc. at conferences. Go to the Conference Workshops page for the latest information.

There are several podcasts which were developed specifically for library workers on the General Career Information page of our career resources section. Some are directly related to preparing for and making the most effective use of conferences as an active job seeker.

You will also find numerous other resources on various job hunting topics on the Career Development Resources page.

If you have questions, concerns, or need help feel free to contact ALA Placement Service Manager, Beatrice Calvin at or (800) 545-2433 ext. 4280.

Related Links

Booth Reservation form (for Employers)

Open House Participation form (for Employers)

Sign-up for Career Counseling

Sign-up for Resume Review

Sign-up for Photography Service

Conference Workshops 

Recruiters at Conference 

gold star image with a smiling face If you're interested in volunteering to work in the Placement Center, contact Beatrice Calvin, the Placement Service Manager.



revised June 25, 2020