For immediate release | May 18, 2011

Find out what hiring committees want and enjoy a free snack

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will sponsor a session entitled "Inside an Interview: Understanding What Hiring Committees Want" from noon - 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Because of the competitive applicant pool for entry-level positions, it is important for those on the job market to know what hiring committees seek in potential candidates. The presenters will provide research- and experience-based information that will help entry-level candidates understand the interview process from the other side.

This session will be held in the JobLIST Placement Center, which will be located in Hall J of the Morial Convention Center. Feel free to bring your lunch. We will provide dessert.

About the Presenters:

M. Teresa Doherty, who works at Virginia Commonwealth University, earned her MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. She has participated in several search committees charged with selecting candidates for entry-level and administrative positions in an academic research library.

Megan Hodge earned her Master of Science in Library Science in August of 2010 from the University of North Texas. She is currently the circulation supervisor for Randolph-Macon College and an adjunct instructor for Bryant & Stratton College. She is also a reference librarian for the collaborative virtual reference service My Info Quest, chair of NMRT's Nominating Committee and a book reviewer for Library Journal.

Nicole Spoor earned her Master of Science in Information Science in August of 2010 from the University of North Texas and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. She is currently the information resources librarian for the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library at Hampton University.

For more information on this or other sessions sponsored by the ALA JobLIST Placement Center, visit the JobLIST Conference Workshops page at


Beatrice Calvin