Careers

Improve your visibility in the profession by participating in ALA, division and round table committees, and by writing or blogging for an ALA publication. ALA puts you in the conversation with thousands of fellow members. ALA Members have access to the best source for finding your first, next or best job through JobList and premier peer-to-peer resume and job interview skills building through the New Members Round Table. Become a better advocate for your library by learning ways to make the library more visible to your community and stake holders.  ALA members are change agents in their communities.  Do more for your library and your career through ALA Membership.

"Membership is an important part of my professional life. My work day is often spent doing other things than my job description said it would.  But the connections I have among fellow members helps me find solutions and solve problems.  I can get back on track and do my job more effectively, and efficiently, because of the resources I tap into among members."
- Mary Little, Director of Technical Services, Queens Borough (NY) Public Library   

What if you could have your own personal career consultant on hand whenever you needed some insight, ideas, or inspiration?  What if that consultant kept you up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the library and information community?  And best of all, what if this consultant was available year-round for less than the cost of most consultants charge for a day? With ALA membership, you have hundreds of experienced members ready to be that consultant. 

Advice for Career Development and Job Hunting Video

 

 

"ALA has had an incredible impact [on my career].  I am positive that some of my ability to move up in the profession can be credited to ALA."
 - Rose Dawson, Director for the Alexandria (VA) Library

Resources for Career Development at ALA

HRDR Advisory Committee

Placement Center

NRMT Resume Review

Mentor Connect