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:


“Meeting the career development needs of the library & information studies workforce as well as organizational development needs of libraries”. 


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. 

Programmatic Priorities

In order to adequately facilitate the components of the HRDR mission and follow its vision, programmatic priorities and services are directed over the following areas:

  • Training and Development
  • Career Development
  • Selection and staffing
  • Recruitment for Library & Information Science Careers
  • Organization Development
  • Human Resource Management


Lorelle R. Swader, CAE, IOM, CDF - Director

Phone: 800-545-2433 x4278; 312/280-4278

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Strategic planning
  • Administrative oversight
  • Fiscal management
  • Policy interpretation
  • ALA Online Learning
  • Committee on Education (COE) 
  • Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL)
  • HRDR Advisory Committee
  • Training, Orientation and Leadership Development (TOLD) Committee
  • Scholarships and Study Grants Committee (SSGC)
  • ALA/Council Committee Chair Strategic Leadership Development
  • ALA/Council Internship Program
  • ALA Library Education Assembly
  • ALA Recruitment Assembly
  • Staff Organizations Round Table (SORT)
  • Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)
  • Library Support Staff Round Table (LSSIRT) 


      Beatrice Calvin, CDF - Manager, Professional Development

      Phone: 800/545-2433, ext. 4280; 312/280-4280

      Major Areas of Responsibility: 

      • ALA JobLIST Placement Service
      • Emerging Leaders Program
      • Website
      • Career Development Questions
      • Recruitment/Career Fairs
      • Foreign Credentialing
      • Website Development
      • Press Releases


      Kimberly L. Redd - Program Officer (Scholarships & Education), CEU Registrar

      Phone: 800-545-2433 x4279; 312/280-4279

      Major Areas of Responsibility: 

      • ALA General Scholarship Program
      • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
      • New Members Round Table (NMRT)
      • Learning Round Table (LEARNRT)
      • Conference Logistics/Catering/Event Registration