ALA Resources for Your Career Development

Do more for your career and your library through ALA Membership.

ALA Members have access to the best source for finding your first, next or best job through JobLIST and premier peer-to-peer resume and job interview skills building through the New Members Round Table. Become a better advocate for your library by learning ways to make the library more visible to your community and stake holders.  

Take some time to check out the resources both below and those listed to the left, including:


Your fellow members are best kind of career consultants.      

Just reach out whenever you needed some insight, ideas, or inspiration. Go to your "I do it every day" experts to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the library and information community. And best of all, ALA members are available year-round without consulting fees. Improve your visibility in the profession by participating in ALA, division and round table committees, and/or by writing or blogging for an ALA publication.

"Membership is an important part of my professional life. My work day is often spent doing other things than my job description said it would.  But the connections I have among fellow members helps me find solutions and solve problems.  I can get back on track and do my job more effectively, and efficiently, because of the resources I tap into among members."   Mary Little, Director of Technical Services, Queens Borough (NY) Public Library   

"ALA has had an incredible impact [on my career].  I am positive that some of my ability to move up in the profession can be credited to ALA."   Rose Dawson, Director for the Alexandria (VA) Library

Advice for Career Development and Job Hunting Video