Placement Center

Welcome to the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service!

For more than 55 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


  • ALA 2022 Annual Conference
    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Conference Dates: June 23 - 28, 2022
    For information on activities related to jobs and career development, continue to visit this page. You may also contact Beatrice Calvin at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4280.
    For information on the full ALA 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition Virtual, visit the ALA  Conference site.

*Note: Our top priority is your health and safety as we prepare for the conference. We’re carefully tracking the latest health and safety guidelines for large group gatherings from the CDC, the D.C. Department of Health, and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will follow ALL conference safety protocols required by the American Library Association. Before attending any activities in the Center, please review the Health and Safety Protocols.  


JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service Activities

Conference Accessibility

ALA works to make sure that your conference experience will be a pleasant and accessible one. Please visit the ALA Conference accessibility page for details regarding accessibility measures for those in need. You may also contact ALA Conference Services Accessibility by email at, before May 27, 2022. 


  • Career Coaching
    Wednesday and Thursday, June 8th & 9th, 2022

    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 now for an appointment.  Appointments may go quickly, so consider signing up in advance using the online sign up form .

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Activities listed below will be held during the ALA 2022 Annual Conference


  • Mentoring-on-the-Fly

    Saturday,June 25, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and
    Sunday, June 26, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    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 link will be available when the process opens.

  • Open House - Job Fair

    Sunday, June 26, 2022, 10:30am - 12:00pm

    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 an online participation form no later than Friday, June 3, 2022. There is no cost to participate. Active ad on JobLIST is required by start of the Annual Conference.  Contact Beatrice Calvin at 800/545-2433 ext. 4280 for more information.

    Participating employers will be listed on our Recruiters at Conference page.

    Job seekers and others interested in attending information sessions with the listed employers my join at any time.  Registration is NOT required.

  • Photography Services

    Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 p.m.

    Have a professional headshot photo taken and set of digital images created for use in job applications, social media, and other networking opportunities. Nominal fee of $20 payable at time of service.

  • 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

    • Cancelled Career Alternatives
      Saturday, June 25, 9:00am - 10:00am

      Discover the variety of opportunities across industries that allow library workers to utilize their skills in non-traditional library careers. You don’t have to feel stuck in your current role. You have the necessary skills and knowledge required to work in libraries. Learn how to use what you already know to your advantage and transition to a position that may be outside of libraries. The greatest strategy for career success may be using your expertise in an environment you may not be familiar with. Leave the session with tools to help you feel empowered to land your next rewarding position.

    • Ask HR
      Saturday, June 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm

      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.

    • Define Your Personal & Professional Image and Brand — Before Others Do it for You!
      Saturday, June 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

      You will be thrilled to know you already have a brand. It is YOU. Your name, for one, is your brand and you are the “product.” However, we do not think of ourselves this way as we journey through our personal and professional lives. It is time to change that! During this engaging session, you will learn the difference between image and brand, how personal and professional image contributes to building your personal brand, and if you are delivering the right message?
      Presenter: Sylvie Golod, Career Specialist, Richland Library Business and Careers Center, Columbia, South Carolina

    • Stress Management for Real Life
      Saturday, June 25, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

      Learn about the signs of stress and how they impact you physically and mentally. You will walk away with stress reduction techniques to use immediately. Leave feeling refreshed and prepared to meet challenges in healthier, more productive ways. We’ll go beyond the typical advice of doing yoga and watching funny movies. Learn about concepts that can be applied at home and work. We’ll also address what leaders and managers can do to help lower unhealthy stress levels in the workplace for yourself and for those you manage.
      Presenter: Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, Network of the National Library of Medicine, University of Iowa

    • Career Checkmate! How to Design your Career Path Using Self-Awareness Techniques and A Strategic Game Plan
      Sunday, June 26, 9:00am - 10:00am

      No matter where you are in your career, you always want to be mindful and one step-ahead to successfully prepare for new leadership opportunities. This could be making strategic lateral or vertical moves within libraries and organizations depending upon your desired professional goals. Learn practical ways to assess your strengths as well as areas for improvement using a unique Career Process Model to Create Your Career Story.

      Presenters: Sylvie Golod, Career Specialist, Richland Library Business and Career Center, Columbia, South Carolina and
      Kristopher Dempster, Business Librarian and Career Coach, Richland Library Business and Career Center, Columbia, South Carolina


    • Salary Negotiations 
      Sunday, June 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

      This workshop is designed to empower you to negotiate your salary and benefits successfully and confidently. You will learn how to make sure your compensation is aligned with what you are worth and the market value. Whether you are negotiating for a new job, a promotion, or a raise, we’ll show you how to be a highly objective, persuasive, and strategic negotiator. Don’t leave money on the table! Gain valuable skills and strategies for successfully negotiating your salary throughout your career – not just your next job.
      Presenter: Tina Chan, Program Manager, Reference Services and Humanities Librarian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries, Cambridge, MA

    • Self-Care During Stressful Times
      Sunday, June 26, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

      Self-care is more than bubble baths, yoga, and meditation. Let’s talk about ways to incorporate self-care that could work for you specifically. We will discuss holistic ways to manage our wellbeing so that we avoid burnout. The discussion will focus on practices designed to care for the body and mind in ways that can get us through stressful times.
      Presenter: Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, Network of the National Library of Medicine, University of Iowa



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 formActive ad on JobLIST is required. Tables assigned on a first come basis until all available tables have been assigned. 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.

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revised June 6, 2022