Human Resource Development and Recruitment

50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 1-800-545-2433, 4277
Fax: 312-280-3256
E-mail address:


The mission of the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is to facilitate the development of librarianship as a profession.  To accomplish this purpose, HRDR focuses on:

  • education and learning programs

HRDR provides information on education and professional development in support of the principle of lifelong learning.

  • recruitment of a diverse workforce

To develop a diverse workforce, HRDR designs and disseminates recruitment materials, conducts recruiting activities, and encourages participation in recruitment at the grassroots level of the profession.

  • policies and practices in the areas of management and human resources which best serve the needs of libraries and their employees

HRDR communicates with libraries on issues relating to management and human resources and acts as an advocate for “best practices” in these areas.

HRDR stimulates and encourages research in areas related to its ongoing mission.  In all of its activities, HRDR acts in conjunction with and is the coordinating body for other ALA activities relating to its mission. 



Lorelle R. Swader, CAE, IOM, CDF -

Phone: 800-545-2433, Ext. 4278; (312) 280-4278
Areas of Responsibility: Strategic planning, Administrative oversight, Committee/Assembly Liaison and Member Leader Development.


Manager, Professional Development

Beatrice Calvin, CDF -

Phone: 800/545-2433, Ext. 4280; (312) 280-4280
Areas of Responsibility:  JobLIST Placement and Career Development Services, Emerging Leaders Program, Career Development, Foreign Credentialing, Website Development and Communications.


Program Officer for Education & CEU Registrar

Kimberly L. Redd, MHTH -

Phone: 800-545-2433, Ext. 4279; (312) 280-4279 

Areas of Responsibility:  ALA General Scholarship Clearinghouse, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Round Table Liaison, Conference Logistics/Catering/Event Registration.


Program Coordinator

David Beske -

Phone: 800-545-2433, Ext. 4277; (312) 280-4277 

Areas of Responsibility: General Office Support


Last Updated 11/18/2015