ALA Recruitment Assembly Notes Monday, January 23, 2006 ALA Midwinter Meeting – San Antonio
Julie Brewer, Chair, ALA Recruitment Assembly
Beatrice Calvin, Program Officer, ALA HRDR Office
Deborah Costa, RUSA Representative
Denise Davis, Simmons College
Kathleen Delong, University of Alberta (attending for ACRL Representative)
Tracie Hall, Director, ALA Diversity Office
Irene Hoffman, Georgetown University (attending for ACRL Representative)
Chrystal Carr Jeter, ALSC Representative
Megan Kinney, Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program
Robert Labaree, University of Southern California
Monique Le Conge, PLA Representative
Larry Neal, PLA Recruitment Committee
Connie Paul, ASCLA-ICAN
Claudia Sumler, Past Chair, ALA Recruitment Assembly
Lorelle Swader, Director, HRDR Office
Manuel Urrizola, ALCTS Representative
Reports on Recruitment Initiatives
Librarians Association of the University of California Irvine – Manuel Urrizola
ALCTS/SAGE Support Staff Travel Grant - Manuel Urrizola
MassBlast (IMLS) – Denise Davis
Becomealibrarian.com – Connie Paul
Recruiting Urban Librarians (IMLS) – Connie Paul
Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program – Megan Kinney
PLA Recruitment Committee – Larry Neal
UCLA Diversity Recruitment and Mentoring Committee – Deborah Costa
USC tuition assistance program – Robert Laboree
Georgetown University internal recruitment program – Irene Hoffman
CIRLA Fellows Program (IMLS) – Irene Hoffman
The 8Rs Canadian Library Human Resource Study – Kathleen Delong
Knowledgeseekers.org – Tracie Hall
Black Collegiate and Careers and Colleges magazine ads – Lorelle Swader
National Career Development Association Conference program – Lorelle Swader
Demonstration of LibraryCareers.org
Larry Neal provided a live demonstration of the new ALA library career recruitment website which very recently went live at LibraryCareers.org. It looks great! Megan offered to share photos that may be added to the website. Feedback and suggestions regarding the website may be directed to Beatrice Calvin at email@example.com. She will confer with Larry on substantial changes and additions. See attached marketing plan for ideas the Assembly proposed for “rolling out” the new website to the library community.
Concerns of new MLS graduates
Tracie Hall led a discussion related to employment opportunities and challenges facing new MLS graduates. Messages on library blogs and listservs and articles in library publications indicate that the number of entry-level jobs may have declined in recent years. These reports conflict with data and predictions about the impending mass retirements of librarians. The Recruitment Assembly affirmed that ALA needs a continuing recruitment initiative regardless of the economy or job market. Messages about the availability of future employment need to be responsible. The Recruitment Assembly expressed interest in including newer librarians and finding ways to respond to the concerns that have been raised.
ALA recruitment video – The ALA Recruitment Assembly continues to look for opportunities to produce a recruitment video which may streamed and distributed via the web.
Poster session at 2006 Annual Conference – The ALA Recruitment Assembly will submit a poster session application to promote various recruitment resources, including the new website, and
Vocational tests – Questions came up about how library careers and personality characteristics are profiled in standard vocational tests. Attendees were encouraged to review Discovering Librarians: Profiles of a Profession / edited by Mary Jane Scherdin. Chicago: ACRL, 1994.
Participation in ALA Recruitment Assembly – Lorelle confirmed that membership on the Assembly is inclusive and not limited to those appointed by ALA divisions. Julie will invite additional IMLS grant recipients, NMRT, and others to attend next meeting.
Learning communities – Lorelle reported that she has created an ALA learning community for the Recruitment Assembly. This new technology forum supported by ALA should enable the Assembly to communicate and work more efficiently between conferences. She will send more information soon.
ALA Recruitment Clearinghouse – The meeting concluded before there was time to talk about the clearinghouse which currently is located at http://www2.lib.udel.edu/personnel/clearinghouse/home.htm. Please send additions and updates to Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
draft by Julie Brewer