<font color="#000000">Guide to Employment Sources in the Library and Information Profession 2005</font>

 Human Resource Development and Recruitment

Guide to Employment Sources
in the 
Library and Information Profession

Compiled by Beatrice Calvin
Program Officer for Placement & Recruitment
Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Fall 2005









Wherever information needs to be organized and presented to patrons in an effective, efficient and service oriented manner, the skills of librarians can be applied. This means that as a library worker, you have a number of environments where you can find employment.  Educate yourself about options, and don't limit yourself. 

An effective job search can involve a considerable investment of time, energy, and creativity.  No one method or source for job-hunting should be used alone.  Use every available resource to expedite your search. 

A successful job search can include research, preparation of cover letters and resumes, practicing for interviews, and networking. Use your reference skills to ferret information from a variety of sources including directories and other tools regarding local industries, schools, subject collections, etc. Directories such as the American Library Directory, Subject Collections, Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, and Directory of Federal Libraries, as well as state directories or directories of other special subject areas can provide a wealth of information. 

This Employment Guide can be a particularly useful resource when starting a job search.  It lists resources to assist library workers in finding employment. Follow the links that it provides, and be prepared to take action when you find something you're interested in. Take the initiative and contact those that can hire you for the job you want.

Good Luck!


Special Section for People in Hurricane-Affected Areas 

Thousands of workers have been displaced because of recent hurricanes.  Many organizations have pulled together resources specifically for these people.  We have included a few websites designed to help find employment.   


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Library Literature: Classified ads of library vacancies and positions wanted are carried in many of the national, regional, state and organizational library journals, newsletters and periodicals. Members of associations can sometimes list "position wanted" ads free of charge in their membership publications. Listings of positions available are regularly found in the following journals:

State and regional library association newsletters, state library journals, foreign library periodicals, and other types of periodicals carrying such ads are listed in later sections.

Newspapers: Local newspapers, particularly the larger city Sunday editions, such as the  Washington Post, the  New York Times,  Los Angeles Times,  Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun Times often carry job vacancy listings in libraries for both professional and paraprofessional. The online versions of the newspapers usually have a up-to-date careers sections.


Internet: Many library-related discussion lists on the internet often post library job vacancies interspersed with other news and discussion items. A number of general online job search bulletin boards exist.  By surfing the internet, you may be able to locate many of them. 

Some library-related job search sites include:




Advanced Information Management, P.O. Box 2600, Hollister, CA 95024-2600; 831-630-1500, fax: 831-630-1501; website: http://www.aimusa.com/index.shtml
Advanced Information Management (AIM) is a staffing services firm specializing in library and information personnel for special, public and academic libraries. AIM provides all levels of staffing from library clerks and technicians to professional librarians and consultants.


Affirmative Action Register, 8356 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132, 314/991-1335, 800-537-0655, e-mail: aareeo@concentric.net, website: www.aar-eeo.com.
The goal is to "provide female, minority, handicapped and veteran candidates with an opportunity to learn of professional and managerial positions throughout the nation and to assist employers in implementing their Equal Opportunity Employment programs." Free distribution of monthly bulletin is made to leading businesses, industrial and academic institutions and over 4,000 agencies which recruit qualified minorities and women, as well as to all known female, minority and handicapped professional organizations, placement offices, newspapers, magazines, rehabilitation facilities and over 8,000 federal, state and local governmental employment units with a total readership in excess of 3.5 million (audited). Individual mail subscriptions are available for $15 per year. Librarian listings are in most every issue. Sent free to libraries on request.


American Association of Law Libraries Career Hotline, 53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 940, Chicago, IL 60604, 312/939-4764.
Ads may be viewed on the job placement hotline:


American Libraries, "Career LEADS," c/o American Libraries, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.  website: http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/careerleads/careerleadsonline.htm
Classified job listings published in each monthly issue of American Libraries magazine, listing as many as 100 job openings grouped by library type. Contains subsections: "Positions Wanted," "Librarians' Classified," and regional salary guide. Also contains "ConsultantBase" four times annually.


American Libraries, ConsultantBase (CBase) and Hot Jobs Online, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, 800/545-2433 x4211, fax 312/944-8541, e-mail: careerleads@ala.org; website: http://www.ala.org/ala/education/empopps/careerleadsb/cbase.htm.
A service that helps match professionals offering library/information expertise with institutions. Published quarterly, CBase appears in the Career LEADS section of the January, April, June, and October issues of American Libraries. Inquiries should be made to Jon Kartman, LEADS Editor, c/o American Libraries.


American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795, 312/280-2513, fax: 312/280-7663; website: http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crlnews/crlcareeropps/careeropportunities.htm.
Classified advertising appears each month in College & Research Libraries News. Ads appearing in the print edition of C&RL News are also posted to on the website.


American Library Association, Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312/280-4280, website: http://www.ala.org/ala/hrdr/placementservice/currentconference.htm.
A on-line placement service is provided at each Annual Conference (June or July) and Midwinter Meeting (January or February). Register online at the web address above. 
Also provide on-site Placement Center where employers and job seekers can conduct face-to-face interviews.  In addition to the ALA conference placement center, ALA division national conferences usually include a placement service. See American Libraries "Datebook"  for dates of upcoming divisional conferences, since these are not held every year. 


American Library Association, Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312/280-4270; website: http://www.ala.org/ala/lita/litaresources/litajobsite/litajobsite.htm
List positions in library and information technology which are available in the U.S. on a weekly basis.

American Society for Information Science and Technology, 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301/495-0900, fax: 301/495-0810, e-mail: asis@asis.org, website: www.asis.org.
Placement service operated at ASIST Annual Meetings (usually October - locales change). All conference attendees (both ASIST members and non-members), as well as ASIST members who cannot attend the conference, are eligible to use the service to list or find jobs. Job listings are also accepted from employers who cannot attend the conference. Interviews are arranged. Throughout the year, current job openings are listed in ASIST JOBLINE, a monthly publication sent to all members, and available to non-members on request, with self-addressed, stamped envelope.


Art Libraries Society/North America (ARLIS/NA), c/o Executive Director, 329 March Road, #232, Kanata Ontario, A2K 2E1 Canada 800/817-0621, fax: 613/599-7027, e-mail: arlisna@igs.net, website: www.arlisna.org/jobnet.html.
Art information and visual resources curator jobs are listed in the ARLIS/NA UPDATE (6 times a year) and a job registry is maintained at Society headquarters. Any employer may list a job with the registry but only members may request job information. Listings also available on ARLIS-L list and website. Call the office for registration and/or published information.


Asian/Pacific American Libraries Newsletter, c/o Kenneth A. Yamashita, Editor, Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, 605 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA  95202;209-937-8467, fax: 209-937-8683, e-mail: ken.yamashita@ci.stockton.ca.us, website: http://www.apalaweb.org/jobs/apalajobs.htm.
Quarterly. Includes some job ads. Free to members of Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.


Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), 1009 Commerce Park Dr., Suite 150, PO Box 4219, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, 865/425-0155, fax: 865/481-0390, e-mail: contact@alise.org, website: http://www.alise.org/jobplacement/index.html.
Provides placement service at Annual Conference (Jan. or Feb.) for library and information studies faculty and administrative positions.


Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1800 N. Stonelake Dr., Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47408, 812/335-7675, fax: 812/335-7678, Toll free: (877) 677-AECT, e-mail: aect@aect.org, website: http://www.jobtarget.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=136.
AECT maintains an online job center on the its web site and provides a placement service at the annual convention, free to all registrants.


Association of Research Libraries, 21 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202/296-2296, e-mail: arlhq@arl.org, website: http://db.arl.org/careers/.
Job openings at ARL member libraries.


Black Caucus Newsletter, c/o BCALA Newsletter, 939 Baldwin Ave. Suite 1, Sharon, PA 16146, e-mail:  newsletter@bcala.org, website: http://www.bcala.org/ 
Published bi-monthly and mailed to members. Lists job vacancies.


British Columbia Library Association, http://www.bcla.bc.ca (Job Board listed on left hand navigation)


C. Berger Group, Inc., 327 E. Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188, 630/653-1115, 800/382-4222, fax: 630/653-1691, email: carolb@cberger.com, website: http://www.cberger.com/Careers/index.htm .
Provides library staffing and information management consulting services to clients nationwide. Temporary and contract professionals and support personnel for short and long-term assignments in all types of library settings. CBG consultants plan and manage executive searches for managers, directors and specialists and oversee teams for automation, inventory, cataloging, indexing and collection development projects. CBG is a woman-owned small business enterprise.


Canadian Library Association, 328 Frank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2P 0X8, 613/232-9625, website:   www.cla.ca/careers/careers.htm.
Publishes career ads in Feliciter magazine and on the CLA website.


Carney, Sandoe & Associates, 136 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, 800/225-7986, fax: 617/542-9400, e-mail: recruitment@carneysandoe.com, website: www.carneysandoe.com.
An educational recruitment firm that places teachers and administrators in private, independent schools across the U.S. and overseas.


Catholic Library Association, 100 North St., Ste, 224, Pittsfield, MA 01201-5109, e-mail: cla@cathla.org, website: http://www.cathla.org/.
Personal and institutional members of CLA are given free space (35 words) to advertise for jobs or to list job openings in Catholic Library World (4/yr.). Others may advertise. Contact advertising coordinator for rates.


Chinese-American Librarians Association Newsletter, c/o  Jian Liu, Main Library E159, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, website: www.cala-web.org (Click on Job Info link on left side navigation).
Job listings in newsletter issued in February, June, and October. Free to members.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, (published weekly - breaks in August and December), 1255 Twenty-Third St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20037, 202/466-1055, fax: 202/296-2691; website: http://chronicle.com/jobs/. Publishes a variety of library positions each week, including administrative and faculty jobs.


Cleveland (OH) Area Metropolitan Library System, 20600 Chagrin Blvd., #500, Shaker Heights, OH 44122, 216/921-3900, e-mail: mdoxey@camls.org, website: www.camls.org/jobs/


Council on Library/Media Technicians, Inc., c/o Membership Chair, PO Box 52057, Riverside, CA 92517-3057, website:  http://colt.ucr.edu/ncccjob.html.
Designed specifically for library support staff.


InfoCurrent, Information Management Staffing, 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20006, Phone: 202/775-1890, Fax: 202/775-1735, web site: http://www.infocurrent.com
InfoCurrent is a premier resource specializing in the placement of skilled library and records management professionals nationwide. Assist clients from all facets of the library and information management world - special, academia, technology and vendors - in meeting their staffing needs, both direct hire and temporary.


John Keister and Associates, 374 E. Marseilles St., Vernon Hills, IL 60061, 847/955-0540, fax:  847/955-0541, e-mail: JK@JohnKeister.com, website:  www.JohnKeister.com.
This is a nationwide executive search firm specializing in library management and administrative positions. They provide executive search services for public, academic, and special libraries.


Labat-Anderson, Inc., 8000 Westpark Dr., #400, McLean, VA 22102, fax: 703/506-4646,  email: recruiter@labat.com, website: www.labat.com/jobs.htm.
One of the largest providers of library and records management services to the federal government. Supports various federal agencies in 27 states, with many positions located in the Washington, D.C., Atlanta and San Francisco areas. Resumes and cover letters will gladly be accepted from librarians with an ALA-accredited M.L.S. and records managers, or from applicants with library and/or records management experience, for full- and part-time employment.


The Library Co-Op, Inc., 3840 Park Ave., Suite 107, Edison, NJ 08820, 732/906-1777 or 800/654-6275, fax: 732/906-3562, e-mail: info@thelibraryco-op.com, website: www.thelibraryco-op.com.
The company is licensed as both a temporary and permanent employment agency and provides consultants to work in a wide variety of information settings and functions from library moving to database management, catalog maintenance, reference, retrospective conversion and more. Also provide a full range of automation expertise for hardware, software, LANS and WANS.


Library Management Systems, Corporate Pointe, Ste.755, Culver City, CA 90230, 310/216-6436, 800/567-4669, fax: 310/649-6388, e-mail: lms@ix.netcom.com; and Three Bethesda Metro Center, Ste. 700, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301/961-1984, fax: 301/652-6240, e-mail: lmsdc@ix.netcom.com.
LMS has been providing library staffing, recruitment and consulting to public and special libraries and businesses since 1983. LMS organizes and manages special libraries; designs and implements major projects (including retrospective conversions, automation studies, and records management, etc); performs high-quality cataloging outsourcing; and furnishes contract staffing to all categories of information centers. LMS has a large database of librarians and library assistants on call for long- and short-term projects and provides permanent placement at all levels.


Medical Library Association, 65 E. Wacker Pl., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60601-7246, 312/419-9094 x25, website: www.mlanet.org/jobs/index.html.
MLA News (10 issues per year) lists positions wanted and positions available in its "Employment Opportunities" column. MLA also offers a placement service at Annual Meeting each spring. Job advertisements received for MLA News are posted to online joblisting.


METRO MAGNET, Metropolitan New York Library Council, 57 E. 11th St., New York, NY 10003-4605, 212/228-2320, website:  www.metro.org/magnet.
Serving New York City's five boroughs and Westchester County, the site offers employers and job seekers a job/resume bank and area resources.


Music Library Association Joblist, c/o A-R Editions, 8551 Research Way, #180, Middletown, WI 53562, 608/836-5825, e-mail: mla-web@musiclibraryassoc.org, website: www.musiclibraryassoc.org, (Placement Service-Job List link on left side.).
The professional organization for music libraries and librarians in the U.S.  They assist music librarians who seek employment in positions requiring both music and library expertise, and publish a monthly Job List of positions currently available. Positions not requiring an MLS are also included when identified. The JobList is available exclusively via the Internet on MLA's web site or by sending email to: listserv@listserv.indiana.edu with the the one line message: GET yymmJOBLIST. "yymm" indicates the month and year job list you want to retrieve (eg. 9801 for January 1998).


Ohio Library Council, 2 Eastern Oval, Suite 525, Columbus, OH 43219, 614/416-2258, e-mail: olc@olc.org, website: www.olc.org/JobsInLibraries.asp.
OLC serves as an advocate for public libraries and provides opportunities for library related personnel.


Pro Libra Associates, Inc., 6 Inwood Pl., Maplewood, NJ 07040, 973/762-0070,  (973)762-0070,  Toll Free: (800) 262-0070; Fax: (973) 763-6500, email: staffing@prolibra.com  website:  www.prolibra.com/.
A library service company providing personnel staffing, project management and consulting services to corporations, public entities and individuals.  For more than twenty-five years, PRO LiBRA has staffed libraries and information centers throughout the northeast.


School Libraries, contact the National Association of Teachers' Agencies, 90 S. Cascade Ave., Suite 1110, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719/520-1158, fax: 719/520-0645, e-mail: info@jobsforteachers.com, website: www.jobsforteachers.com.
School librarians often find that the channels for locating positions in education are of more value than the usual library ones, e.g., contacting county or city school superintendent offices. Other sources include university placement offices, which carry listings for a variety of school system jobs. 

Public and school library certification requirements often vary from state to state; contact the state library agency for such information in a particular state. A summary of school library/media certification requirements by state is found at www.uky.edu/Education/TEP/usacert.html.  An article on certification requirements is usually published in School Library Journal.  State supervisors of school library media services may also be contacted for information on specific states.


Society of American Archivists, 527 S. Wells St., 5th fl., Chicago, IL 60607-3922, 312/922-0140, fax: 312/347-1452, e-mail: info@archivists.org, website: www.archivists.org/employment/index.asp.
Provide classified job announcements in the SAA Online Employment Bulletin, the SAA Employment Bulletin (print edition), or in SAA's bimonthly newsletter, Archival Outlook.


Special Libraries Association, 331 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.647.4900 fax: 703/647-4901, e-mail: sla@sla.org, website: www.sla.org.
SLA maintains an online career center http://www.sla.org/content/jobs/index.cfm. The Career Center is an essential tool for success in the years ahead. Not only can you search for leading-edge job opportunities, but you have access to invaluable career development resources that will give you an edge in the highly competitive New Economy.


WONTAWK, 25 West 43rd St., #812, New York, NY 10036, 212/869-3348, fax: 212/997-1127; e-mail: swarner@wontawk.com, wontawk@msn.com; website: www.wontawk.com
For over 25 years, Wontawk, headquartered in New York City, has been the leading agency for direct hire and temporary staffing placements (professional & support) in corporate information centers, academic and public libraries, research organizations, vendor companies, foundations, associations, and other institutions.


Some of the state library agencies issue lists of job openings within their areas. Some state employment offices will include library listings as part of their job services department. In addition, many state libraries have indicated they have an electronic source that lists job openings.  Listed below are resources (newsletters, websites, etc.) by state and/or region.




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