Placement Center

Welcome to the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service!

For more than 50 years, the American Library Association's (ALA) Placement Service has provided opportunities for employers and job seekers to meet, network, and achieve success in reaching their employment goals. 

Designed to give employers and job seekers access to information on a year-round basis, ALA JobLIST is the official ALA job site. Resumes and job openings should be posted here.

Events and activities in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center are designed to help job seekers retool their skills and prepare for job searches. They are intended for people at every stage of their careers--not just new graduates. Employers are encouraged to interact with job seekers at every level.

ALA JobLIST Placement Center

Upcoming Events

American Library Association announces 2021 Annual Conference will be Virtual

  • ALA 2021 Annual Conference Virtual Event JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center
    Location: Virtual
    Conference Dates: June 23 - 29, 2021
    For information on activities related to jobs and career development, contact Beatrice Calvin at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4280.
    For information on the full ALA 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibition Virtual, visit the ALA  Conference site.


Placement & Career Development Center Activities

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be hosting several events during the Virtual ALA 2021 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. They are listed below. All times listed are Central.


  • Career Coaching
    Wednesday and Thursday, June 16th & 17th, 2021

    Recharge your career by meeting with a professional counselor. The counselor can guide you in strategizing for the next phase of your career, solving a problem in your current job situation, defining goals, and/or rejuvenating your career.  Or, perhaps you have been laid-off and need help determining your next move. Each one-on-one session is 20 minutes, and is completely confidential.

    If you have never experienced career counseling, or just haven't used this type of service in a long time, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself or reacquaint yourself with a service that can be useful throughout your career. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with a knowledgeable professional about your career concerns. This service is complimentary. Sign up for appointments available now.  Appointments may go quickly, so consider signing up in advance using the online sign up.

    Sign Up through Sign Up Genius

  • Mentoring-on-the-Fly
    Monday, June 28, 1:00 – 4:00pm and Tuesday, June 29, 9:00am – 12:00pm

    Are you looking for some guidance and advice related to your library career? If so, the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Service will host short mentoring sessions. Mentors with experience in academic and public libraries will be available to offer suggestions and guidance to help you discover ways to advance in your library career. The service will be facilitated by the ACRL - University Libraries Section. You will have the opportunity to talk with an experienced librarian about various aspects of your career. Mentoring sessions are available by appointment. Sign-up now, as appointments may go quickly.

  • Open House - Job Fair
    Sunday, June 27, 2021, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Central)

    Employers will be given the opportunity to talk with individuals about their institutions and available positions. Advanced signup is required. Employers who want to participate in the Open House/Job Fair, should submit a participation form. No cost to participate. Active ad on JobLIST is required by start of virtual event.  Employers can register now and post positions later.  Contact Beatrice Calvin at 800/545-2433 ext. 4280 for more information.

    Participating employers are listed on our Recruiters at Conference page.

    Job seekers and others interested in attending information sessions with the listed employers my join the session by going here: Join Job Fair.  Registration is NOT required.

  • Resume Reviews

    If you need help getting your resume polished off, be sure to take advantage of this service.  Discover the best way to show your most recent accomplishments with an updated resume.  The resume critiquing service is provided by the ALA New Members Round Table Resume Review Committee.  Visit the committee's webpage for details. 
  • Career Guidance Workshops

    • Ask HR
      Saturday, June 26, 2021, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
      Advance registration not required.  
      Join Zoom Meeting
      Meeting ID: 964 6588 4762
      Passcode: 177276

      Do you have questions about what employers expect of job candidates and new staff? Do you want to know how to make yourself shine above other candidates? Do you want advice from someone who does hiring in libraries? If you responded yes to any of these questions, then join us for an informal discussion/Q&A session where you can gain an insider's perspective on what employers really look for in job candidates. Come prepared to ask library human resource professionals your questions about the current hiring situation in libraries. Hiring managers from academic and public libraries along with Library of Congress representatives will be available to answer your questions. Take advantage of this opportunity to get the real scope on what hiring manager expect from you.


  • Library Career Alternatives: How to Market Your Transferable Skills to Land Your Next Job
    Saturday, June 26, 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Register in advance.

    Are you feeling stuck in your current job and wondering what to do next? Or, are you just considering your career options? If you said yes, then you will want to attend this complimentary webinar. The librarian, or information professional skill set is highly transferable and applicable in the rapidly changing information job market. There are many opportunities across industries that allow library workers to utilize their skills in non-traditional library careers — not just in academic, public, or school libraries. You probably already know that any company that deals with information has a need for information professionals (whether they realize it or not). Join us as we discuss ways you can expand your job search and discover the variety of employment options available to you. You don’t have to feel stuck in your current role. You have the necessary skills and knowledge required to work in libraries. Why not use this to your advantage and transition to a position that may be outside of the world of libraries? The greatest strategy for career success may be using what you already know in an environment that perhaps you are not familiar with. You can leave the session with tools to help you feel empowered to land your next rewarding position.

    Presenter: Rachael Altman

    Rachael believes that transferable skills, curiosity, passion, and mindfulness are the keys to success. She is a career coach, yoga teacher and meditation teacher, and jewelry maker. Her purpose is to inspire people to realize the value in their transferable skills and the fact that they can do anything with curiosity, creativity, and an open mind. She has spent her career in market research and business development at Deloitte, Sidley Austin, and Grant Thornton and as an academic librarian at Rockford University and Alabama State University. Rachael currently works as a research consultant and grant writer in the nonprofit sector, she is part of the leadership team of Woke Chicago and Village6060, and as Market Research Analyst at G2, a tech company based in Chicago. You can connect on Instagram @itsrachaelaltman, by email at, and on LinkedIn.


Note: Information that is included below is valid when we have in-person conferences only.



Employers who want a recruitment booth on site in the Placement Center should complete the Booth reservation form and email it to the Placement & Career Development Center's manager, Beatrice Calvin. The cost of a booth is $625.00. Please review the Booth Reservation form for information on what is included in this fee.

We are planning on holding an Open House in the Placement Center on Sunday morning. Representatives from various library and library-related companies will have an opportunity to talk with conference attendees about work environments as well as activities in and around their institutions (i.e. sports, arts, music, community involvement, etc.).

There is no cost to participate in the Open House. Employers interested in participating should complete the Open House Participation form and email it to Beatrice CalvinActive ad on JobLIST is required. For more information, contact Beatrice at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4280.

Employers who want to post job positions should register and post them on ALA JobLIST. Special discounts may be available for organizations participating in the face-to-face Placement Center; contact  Beatrice Calvin for more information.

Employers with an active online ad on ALA JobLIST can also review resumes of registered job seekers with active profiles. Once your ad is active, you will have access to the résumés. To arrange interviews before and during the conference, employers can contact job seekers directly, if they have opted to include access to their personal contact information within their JobLIST profile or résumé.

Employers who want to use the on-site interviewing facilities in the Placement Center must have an active ad on ALA JobLIST during the conference period.

It is the employers' responsibility to reserve interview tables. Job seekers cannot do this. To reserve interview space, employers should first confirm the date and time of your interviews with candidates. Then sign-up for a table on the online form. You should be prepared to give the candidate's name along with the day and time of the interview. You may also go to the onsite Placement Center to get a table assignment.

Employers who have a recruitment booth onsite in the Placement Center will not need to get table assignments. You can conduct interviews in your private interview space. You have control of your own scheduling.

Employers who have contacted job seekers directly through ALA JobLIST (or chosen to include a link to it in their ads for job seekers to contact them) should login to JobLIST on a regular basis to check for messages in the period leading up to and including the conference.

Employers who will be meeting with potential candidates in the Placement Center during the next ALA conference should be sure their JobLIST account information and communication settings are up to date.

If you have questions, concerns, or need help, feel free to contact ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Manager, Beatrice Calvin at or (800) 545-2433 ext. 4280. 

Job Seekers

Job seekers should register and search for jobs on ALA JobLIST. All services are free to job seekers.

Free registration on ALA JobLIST is not required to view job postings, but it can be to the job seeker's advantage to do so. Registration and activation of a free job seeker profile will give actively hiring employers access to your resume information. It will also allow for direct communication between you and the employer. If you see a position that you are interested in, you can contact the employer directly as they instruct in their ad.

If you need help getting your résumé polished, stop by the Placement Center while you are at conference. The New Members Round Table provides résumé critiquing service to conference attendees. You will be able to sign up soon. The service is free.

There will also be a number of free workshops on interviewing, résumés, cover letters, etc. at conferences. Go to the Conference Workshops page for the latest information.

There are several podcasts which were developed specifically for library workers on the General Career Information page of our career resources section. Some are directly related to preparing for and making the most effective use of conferences as an active job seeker.

You will also find numerous other resources on various job hunting topics on the Career Development Resources page.

If you have questions, concerns, or need help feel free to contact ALA Placement Service Manager, Beatrice Calvin at or (800) 545-2433 ext. 4280.

Related Links

Open House Participation form (for Employers)

Sign-up for Career Coaching

gold star image with a smiling face If you're interested in volunteering to work in the Placement Center, contact Beatrice Calvin, the Placement Service Manager.


revised June 24, 2021