Conference Workshops and Activities

ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center 

ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting

Career Development Workshops and Other Activities

Convention Center

Denver, Colorado

February 10 - 11, 2018



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
February 10 - 11, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Saturday, February 10, 2018
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 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, February 10, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 11, 2018; 1:30 p.m. - 5:00

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.


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.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018
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
February 10 - 11, 2018
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 1, 2017.

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
February 10 - 11, 2018
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 for an appointment online in advance as soon as the form is available. 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.


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
CDW: The Key to Getting Interviews: Great Cover Letters and Resumes

You can’t show the hiring manager what a perfect fit you are for that job you really want if you can’t get an interview.  Effective cover letters and resumes can be the key to getting your foot in the door.  Come to this session to get tips from someone who reviews cover letters and resumes on a daily basis, a human resource director.  Bring your resume and be prepared to leave with ideas for polishing your resume and cover letters so that you can start getting those interviews.

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


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
CDW: The NEW Networking Game: Making Connections for Career Success

The Networking Game–information and idea exchange for mutual benefit–has been in play since people started talking around a campfire. It’s much “noisier” in the 21st century with the introduction of social media, so how can you cut through the distractions and stay on course? Topics include maintaining discipline and focus, building your online profile, finding and maintaining quality connections, and how the rules of networking apply to both online and “in-person” encounters.

Presenter: Pat Wagner has been working as a consultant and trainer for libraries since 1978. She and her husband ran an international professional networking service for 25 years.



9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
CDW: HR Confidential: Insider Tips from an HR Director

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 is the Head of the Library Human Resources at the University of California, Irvine Libraries (CA)

Dan Hoppe is the Associate Executive Director, Human Resources at 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.


10:30 – 11:30am 

Presented by Caitlin Williams, Ph.D., Career Consultant for ALA’s Office of HRDR
As part of the 2018 Symposium on the Future of Libraries (not in the Placement Center)

Wouldn’t it be nice to know more about what the future holds for your field and your career?  Well, you can!  No crystal ball needed.  Come join our lively discussion to learn about emerging trends that will make a difference for library professionals.  We’ll look at why it’s so important to pay attention to trends, develop a “future mindset” and practice preferred futuring.  We’ll also explore 17 critical trends and how you can use them to develop a career/professional development plan guaranteed to keep you on the cutting edge.  Come, join us as we step into the future!


1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
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, business 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.  Registration required. 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. 

Presenters: Beatrice Calvin, Manager of Professional Development, ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

and Kimberly Redd, Program Officer, Education (HRDR) & Certification (APA)


Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Successfully Applying for Your First Manager, Director, or Dean Position

Being smart, experienced, credentialed, and successful as a supervisor or manager is not a guarantee that you will make the leap to a leadership role. Learn how to establish that you understand the leader’s point of view, the importance of focusing on the future and the big picture, political savvy in your community or institution, recruiting and delegating to your executive team, and why loving cataloging, the reference desk, and story hour will not be enough.

Presenter: Pat Wagner;



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Last revised Nov. 2018