Conference Workshops and Activities

ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center 

ALA 2019 Annual Conference

Career Development Workshops and Other Activities

Washington, D.C.

June 22 - 23, 2019



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).  All events and activities are held in the Placement Center (unless otherwise noted).


JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Hours

Saturday & Sunday
June 22 - 23, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Saturday, June 22, 2019
8:30 a.m.
 - 9:00 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 the available services and activities. Both employers and job seekers are welcome to attend. Staff will be available to answer your questions.


Career Counseling

Saturday, June 22, 2019; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 23, 2019; 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, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Are you a job seeker? Or, are you looking to find your librarian niche? Want to move up the career ladder but not sure how? Are you interested in some of ALA's amazing programs or in getting involved in activities? Well, we have an event just for you! Join us to talk with people who work in libraries and are doing great and interesting things in their careers. Find out how to get a job in a specific area of librarianship, move into a more specialized area, or move into your career goals. All types of libraries will be represented. Work within libraries is 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? 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  small gold star with a smiling face in the middle

Sunday, June 23, 2019
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 send an email to: using the text 'Open House' as the subject line. There is no cost to participate.


Photography Service

Saturday & Sunday
June 22 - 23, 2019

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. Sign-up now.

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 by Friday, June 4, 2019.

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  Placement Photo Service, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

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Resume Review Service

Saturday & Sunday
June 22 - 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

If you need help getting your resume polished, stop by the Center while you are at conference. Come and discover the best way to show your most recent accomplishments with an updated resume.

The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee offers free resume reviews in the Placement & Career Development Center. In order to best accommodate the demand, resume reviews are conducted by appointment. Appointments will be taken on-site, but we strongly encourage those interested to sign-up will be available soon for an appointment. Appointments tend to book up quickly.


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 as we get closer to the conference.



9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Dealing with Difficult People

Learn practical ways to identify and remedy different types of difficult people using triage to accurately name drama patterns. Learn the signs of bullies, narcissists and emotional vampires and how to limit their harm. Deploy proven techniques to lower our reactivity to the most challenging people among us.

About the Presenter: Eileen T. O’Grady Ph.D., RN, NP, Certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach; Founder, The School of Wellness

Photo of Dr. Eileen O'GradyDr. Eileen O’Grady is a certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach who uses an evidence-based approach with people to reverse or entirely prevent disease. She believes deeply that more attention must be paid to getting us unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness. She is an expert on intentional change in adults –with an emphasis on the importance of extreme self-care and how to identify and remedy a life that is out of balance. She is the Founder of The School of Wellness, which offers programs on revolutionizing self-care.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sidestepping Stress in a Distractible World

Original, evidence-based solutions are offered that apply across one’s entire life. Emphasis will be placed on the science of positive psychology and how to be sure we design downtime and live our highest priorities. Learn to break persistent patterns around chronic stress using science and wisdom to cultivate a more self-authored, less reactive stance.

Presenter: Eileen T. O’Grady Ph.D., RN, NP, Certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach; Founder, The School of Wellness


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wellness Works! The Importance of a Healthy Workplace for Healthy and Happy Library Staff

In partnership with ALA, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will be presenting a discussion on how implementing a variety of health and wellness practices can have a positive impact on the library workforce. Libraries typically focus on the wellness of their communities and are not always considering how library staff are coping with workplace change, work-life balance, stress, and overall health and wellness. However, library staff are the key component to the library’s success so their well-being should be of utmost concern. This session will present examples about how libraries as well as individual library employees can enhance health and wellness through library space design and configuration, wellness practices, health education, and self-care strategies.

About the Presenters: Quanetta Batts, Steven V. Potter, and Christina Pryor

Photo of Quanetta BattsQuanetta "Q" Batts is the Program Director for Outreach & Engagement at University Libraries. In that role, she provides leadership and cultivates relationships with community partners on campus and in Central Ohio. Batts coordinates University Libraries’ Mary P. Key Diversity Residency program, the Expanding Visions Foundation summer internship, the unit's participation in wellness programs and in Project Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Her office also provides programmatic and logistical support for public programing, special events, and employee activities at University Libraries. In April 2019, Q was recognized with the university’s highest staff recognition, the Distinguished Staff Award.


Photo of Steven V. PotterSteven V. Potter is the CEO and Library Director of Mid-Continent Public Library. He has been with the Library system since 1988, where he started as a typist after finishing his undergraduate work in history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the years since, Potter has held multiple positions at the MCPL. Potter is now overseeing the MCPL’s shift to providing library access in a digital age. The innovative Woodneath Library Center gathers many of these innovative efforts in one place. For these reasons, and many more, MCPL was recognized as a recipient of the 2014 National Medal from the Institute for Museum and Library Service. He coauthored The Purposed Based Library and was named Public Administrator of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration in 2015. Under his leadership, MCPL placed a question before the voters asking for the first increase in funding since 1983. The voters soundly endorsed the library’s vision in November 2016 setting the library’s course for the next decade and beyond. He has become a leader in the field of local economic development and its impact on public entities.


Photo of Christina PryorChristina Pryor, MLIS, is the Library Engagement and Missouri Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Continental Regional Medical Library. Chris joined the NNLM MCR in August 2018 and is based at the University of Missouri J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library. She has worked in a variety of roles and types of libraries throughout her career including academic, public, special, and consortium and has experience in the areas of training, management, outreach, advocacy, and public services. Chris has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.



3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations

This workshop is designed to empower you to successfully and confidently negotiate your salary and benefits and to make sure your compensation is aligned with your worth and market value. Whether you are negotiating for a new job, a promotion, or a raise, we’ll show you how to be a highly objective, persuasive, and strategic negotiator. Don’t leave money on the table! Join us to gain valuable skills and strategies for successfully negotiating your salary throughout your career – not just your next job. There will be opportunities in session to practice what you learn.

About the Presenters: Shannon Farrell, Aliqae Geraci and Beatrice Calvin

Photo of Shannon FarrellShannon Farrell is the Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She holds an MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. In the past, she chaired the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association’s Salary and Status of Library Workers committee where she helped organize and develop sessions for the ALA Annual conference on salary negotiation. Her current research focuses on examining the frequency and extent of negotiation for benefits during the hiring process in the library workplace.


Photo of Aliqae GeraciAliqae Geraci is the Assistant Director of Research and Learning Services at Cornell University's Catherwood Library, where she provides research support to the Cornell, ILR School and broader disciplinary communities in employment and labor relations. A former public librarian and union researcher, she is an active member of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and the co-author of Grassroots Library Advocacy (ALA Publishing, 2012). She holds an MA in Labor Studies from the CUNY Murphy Institute and an MS in Library and Information Science from Long Island University.


Photo of Beatrice CalvinBeatrice Calvin is the manager for professional development in the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) and the ALA-Allied Professional Association. She holds an MA in Counseling and is a certified career development facilitator. She has managed the ALA Placement and Career Development Center for 10 years. She also serves as the editor of Library Worklife, the online newsletter for human resource professionals and others who work in libraries.




9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
How to Transition from Peer to Supervisor

Transitioning from peer to supervisor can be very difficult for most newly promoted supervisors. Many are not equipped with the tools to successfully transition. In this session we will discuss what skills and abilities are needed to move into supervisory roles. Discover the tools and techniques needed to communicate more effectively, gain trust, set boundaries, provide constructive feedback and motivate employees for results.

Presenter: Dan Hoppe, Associate Executive Director, Human Resources, American Library Association





1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wellness in the Library Workplace

You’re a library worker. You already know how to help those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be areas of wellness for their employees. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? Join us to discover practical ways to improve your own personal well-being. We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

About the Presenters: Bobbi Newman and Christina Pryor

Photo of Bobbi NewmanBobbi Newman, MLIS, MA; Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Greater Midwest Region (GMR), Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa



Photo of Christina PryorChristina Pryor, MLIS, is the Library Engagement and Missouri Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Continental Regional Medical Library. Chris joined the NNLM MCR in August 2018 and is based at the University of Missouri J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library. She has worked in a variety of roles and types of libraries throughout her career including academic, public, special, and consortium and has experience in the areas of training, management, outreach, advocacy, and public services. Chris has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.



3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mastering the Interview: Visualizing Your Path Forward

Congratulations! You’ve got an interview… now what? During this interactive workshop, we will look at what to expect when interviewing at different types of libraries: academic, special, and public. We'll discuss both remote and in-person interviews, and talk about the importance of doing your research, preparing questions for your interviewers, and following up after the interview. We will practice introductions, answering questions, and telling others about ourselves. We will discuss the benefits of building self-awareness and visualizing your destination. And finally, we will employ activities and prompts to help you cultivate your own professional practice, at any stage of your career.

About the Presenters: Susanne Markgren and Linda Miles

Photo of Susanne MarkgrenSusanne Markgren is the Assistant Director of the Library for Technical Services at Manhattan College, in Riverdale, NY. She has worked in libraries (academic, public, and special) for more than twenty years, and has written articles, book reviews, essays, and chapters for a variety of publications. Her co-authored book, Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career, came out in 2013. She received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College.


Photo of Linda MilesLinda Miles is an Assistant Professor and Librarian at Hostos Community College – City University of New York. Recent publications include “Egalitarian Teams in Action: Organizing for Library Initiatives” (Urban Library Journal), and a contribution to Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library. Linda received her MLS from St. John’s University, and her PhD in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas at Austin.



4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Soft Skills: What Library School Doesn't Teach You

I learned the basics of cataloging. I took classes on providing information services. I can mine databases for information. All of these things I learned in library school. But what about the soft skills you don’t get from the classroom and can only learn on the job? In this session, you’ll find out about the knowledge, skills and abilities they don’t teach in school that can help prepare you to be an even better librarian.

About the Presenter:

Melissa LocPhoto of Melissa Lockabykaby, a Collection Management Librarian with the University of North Georgia, has experience in both public and academic libraries. Starting a career in Human Resources which transitioned into HR Information Systems, she decided to make a career change and found a home in libraries. Supervising librarians, teaching students, and serving on hiring committees, Melissa is interested in supporting librarians who are looking for their first job or those who want to find a new career path in libraries. She holds an MPA from the University of Arkansas and an MSLIS from Drexel University.



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Last revised May 6, 2019