Conference Workshops and Activities

ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center 

ALA 2018 Annual Conference

Career Development Workshops and Other Activities

New Orleans, Louisiana

June 23 - 24, 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
June 23 - 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Saturday, June 23, 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, June 23, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 24, 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, June 24, 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
June 23 - 24, 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, 2018.

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 23 - 24, 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 now 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 - 10:00 a.m.
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.

About the Presenter:  

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 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
De-Stressing Your Job (& Life!)

You won’t often see “librarian” noted on lists of stress-filled occupations. However, as much as we love working in a library, we know the job is not without stress. In this session, we'll review some of the causes of stress and provide simple, yet effective ways to help reduce stress on the job (and in your personal life). Gain real-life examples and practical suggestions to stress solutions.

About the Presenter:

Maryann Mori has presented on a variety of topics at several national library conferences including ALA, PLA, ARSL, and ALSC. She has been published in several professional books and online journals. Her work has been included in ALA books and other titles such as Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills (Libraries Unlimited, 2011), Job Stress and the Librarian (McFarland, 2013), and Library Volunteers Welcome! (McFarland, 2016). Formerly a Teen Specialist Librarian for the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (Indiana) and Director of the Waukee Public Library (Iowa), Mori is currently a District Library Consultant for the State Library of Iowa. She completed her MSLIS from the University of Illinois in 2006. 


2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
AAUW Start Smart: Salary Negotiations
Ticketed Event - This session requires pre-registration

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 AAUW and the JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center 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 Presenter:

Beatrice Calvin is the Manager for Professional Development in the American Library Association's Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment.  She is also the editor of Library Worklife, the newsletter of the ALA-Allied Professional Association.



9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
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 Presenter:  

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.


1:00 - 2:00 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 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.

Linda 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.


3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ask Our Employers: Open Q & A 

Do you have any questions you’ve been wanting to ask an employer? Well this is your opportunity to ask.  Employers who will have a recruitment booth in the ALA Placement Center will be available to answer your general questions. If you want to know about salaries, or the interview process, or any number of other things, you can ask our employers.  There will be no formal presentations. The employers will be in the Placement Center just waiting to answer your employment-related questions.



1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Harassment in the Workplace

Numerous reports of harassment continue to appear in the news. You probably know that harassment is a form of employment discrimination that is illegal. But did you know that offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures are all forms of harassment? Did you know that there are specific times when an employer is automatically liable for harassment? Do you know what to do if you are a victim of harassment or if you witness harassment? Attend this session to learn the answers to these and many other questions related to harassment.

Presenter: Kevin C. Rung, Administrative Judge, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New Orleans Field Office, New Orleans, LA

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Last revised June 12, 2018