Library Job Search

list of resources, ALA and non-ALA, to help job seekers find library jobs

HRDR I ALA JobLIST I Specialty Library Job Sites I Additional Library Job Search Sites I Library Job Search Twitter Feeds I Library Job Search Skills I Library Consultant/Placement Firms

ALA provides many resources to help librarians and library staff find jobs. Below is a list of resources, ALA and non-ALA, to help job seekers find library jobs whether the seeker is support staff, a graduating student or an experienced librarian.

American Library Association Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

The mission of the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is to facilitate the development of librarianship as a profession. HRDR provides these resources in support of this mission.

ALA Placement Services including the Conference Placement Service and the Conference Placement Services Twitter Feed @alaplacement

Library Support Staff Resource Center

Emerging Leaders Program

Guide to Employment Sources in the Library and Information Profession


ALA JobList is the prime ALA resource for job seekers. It aggregates jobs from across the country and the profession.

ALA JobLIST; also see the ALA JobLIST Twitter Feed and ALA JobLIST Facebook Page -- "The number one source for jobs in Library & Information Science & Technology!" A joint project of the American Library Association's American Libraries magazine, the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) C&RL News magazine, and ALA's Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), ALA JobLIST hosts online job ads for American Libraries and C&RL News magazines and online-only ads.

ALA JobLibst also has tips and tricks for job seekers, Job Hunting Strategies, as well as help with Resumes and Cover Letters.

Other Job Sites

Specialty Library Job Sites

AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Job Placement Hotline - Current Listings

American Association of Museums JobHQ: Your Job Headquarters for Museum Careers list of museum jobs, including those for librarians

American Theological Library Association job listings

ARL (Association of Research Libraries) Job listings

Library of Congress Opportunities

Medical Library Association Positions Available

Music Library Association Employment & Education

Society of American Archivists Online Career Center

Special Libraries Association Career Center

RUSA Career Resources

NOTE: Announced December 27, 2012 on RUSABlog: Let RUSA's new Career Resources help you find your dream job!

LITA Job Site: Jobs in Library and Information Technology

LITA Jobs New This Week -- New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12:00 p.m. Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listings. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

ALA jobs and internships

Additional Library Job Search Sites

College Central - for students and recent graduates, also provides a job tool kit

LibGig - A new professional networking website dedicated to bringing together everyone who accesses, organizes, creates, manages, produces or distributes information for a living, and the Libgig_Jobs Twitter Feed

Jobs page at

I Need a Library Job (INAJ) - Jobs, Employment, Positions for Librarians and Information Professionals

The Networked Librarian blog page of collected resources

University of Washington Information School collection of career resources

Library Job Search Twitter Feeds

Get Archivist Jobs

Get Library Jobs

I Need a Library Job

TIME MAGAZINE ARTICLE from Monday, June 08, 2009 -- Using Twitter and Facebook to Find a Job by Barbara Kiviat

Library Job Search Skills

Carvell, Linda P. Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science. New York: Ferguson, 2005.

Career Development & Job Searching @ your library. A great collection of articles dealing with the job search, the hiring process, and career development skills.

Dority, G. Kim. Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

Gordon, Rachel Singer. The Nextgen Librarian's Survival Guide. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, 2006.

Gordon, Rachel Singer. What's the Alternative?: Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc, 2008.

Johnson, Sarah L., and Rachel Singer Gordon. The Information Professional's Guide to Career Development Online. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, 2002.

Kane, Laura Townsend. Straight from the Stacks: A Firsthand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003.

McCook, Kathleen de la Peña, Margaret Myers, and Blythe Camenson. Opportunities in Library and Information Science Careers. VGM opportunities series. Chicago: VGM Career Books, 2002.

Neely, Teresa Y., ed. How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool. Chicago, ALA, 2011.

Newlen, Robert R. Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques That Work: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006.

RUSA Career Resources

Ryder, Valerie I. "Looking for a Job?: Networking at Conferences Can Open Doors," Information Outlook, v. 12, no. 10, October 2008, p. 28-32.

Shontz, Priscilla K., and Richard A. Murray. A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information Science. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

Shontz, Priscilla K., and Steven J. Oberg. Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2002.

Shontz, Priscilla K. The Librarian's Career Guidebook. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2004.

Tucker, Cory, and Reeta Sinha. New Librarian, New Job: Practical Advice for Managing the Transition. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2006.

White, Gary W. Help Wanted: Job & Career Information Resources. RUSA occasional papers, no. 26. Chicago, IL: Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association, 2003.

Library Consultant/Placement Firms

AIM Library & Information Staffing

Heller Search Associates

InfoCurrent, a dedicated business sector within CORESTAFF Services

LAC Group (formerly Library Associates Companies) and the LAC Group Twitter Feed

Pro Libra Associates, Inc., Maplewood, New Jersey