Taking Charge of Your Career: Creating & Assessing Your Development Plan

Wednesday, 5/17/2023
  • 2:00 PM-3:15 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:15 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:15 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:15 PM (Pacific)

Librarians will learn how to use the "RUSA Professional Competencies" and the resource available in, Competency-Based Career Planning, to access their professional skills and abilities, create and implement individual plans for professional development, and assess their progress in enhancing their professional skills and abilities. The webinar and book cover public and academic librarians interested in access services. information sources, information literacy, marketing and advocacy, assessment, collaborative and innovative services. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, the participant will be able: 

  • Create and evaluate a development plan for the participant's career
  • Understand use of evidence to evaluate individual development programs
  • Evaluate and select potential development assignment plans
  • Learn how to evaluate potential partners for collaborative programs. 

Who Should Attend

This webinar is focused on career development, planning and assessment for all Reference & User Services Professionals. 


Jo Bell Whitlatch's extensive library experience covers three academic libraries in many areas, including collection management, acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, reference, interlibrary loan, and library management. She has also taught in the San Jose State University Graduate School of Library & Information Science and is a past president of RUSA



Individual registration rates are as follows:

  • RUSA members: $46.61
  • ALA members: $71.10
  • ALA student members: $37.12
  • Non-members: $79.00

How to Register


Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. The webinar will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 

For questions or additional information, pleas contact Ninah Moore at nmoore@ala.org.


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at nmoore@ala.org

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!