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    Workshops and Information Sessions
    at the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting
    Chicago, IL
    January 30 - February 3, 2015

    The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be located in the McCormick Place West Convention Center, Level 3, Hall F2.
    Note: Conference registration is NOT required to go to the Placement Center, to use Placement services, or to attend any workshop that is held in the Placement Center. All services and sessions are free (unless otherwise noted).

    Placement Center Orientation
    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    8:30 a.m. in the Placement Center

    This orientation is intended for people who are not familiar with the ALA JobLIST Placement Center. We will walk around the Center and discuss the available services and activities. Both employers and job seekers are welcome to attend. Staff will be available to answer your questions.

    Placement Center Open
    Saturday & Sunday
    January 31 - February 1, 2015
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Career Counseling
    Saturday & Sunday
    January 31 - February 1,
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Recharge your career by meeting with a professional career coach. She 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. 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 either introduce yourself to 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 free and available whenever the Placement Center is open.

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    You also have the option of going to the Placement Center on-site to sign-up for a time slot. However, appointments go quickly, so consider signing up in advance using the online sign-up form that will be available in October.

    Check Out a Librarian
    Saturday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Are you a job seeker? Looking to find your librarian niche? Want to move up the librarianship ladder but not sure how? Are you interested in some of ALA's amazing programs or getting involved in activities? Well, we have an event just for you! Join us to talk with working librarians who are doing great and interesting things with their careers. Find out how to get a job, move into a more specialized area, or move into your career goals. All types of libraries will be represented. Libraries are changing and you need to be ready! No appointment needed.

    On-the-Fly Mentoring
    Saturday, 9:00am - 12:00pm and
    Sunday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Looking for some professional guidance and advice while at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago? If so, you should stop by the Placement Center on for the ACRL - University Libraries Section's "On-the-Fly" Mentoring to talk with an experienced librarian about any and all aspects of your career. Mentoring sessions are available by appointment and on a first-come drop-in basis.

    Open House/Job Fair
    Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
    10:30am - 12:00pm
    Location: Placement Center

    Employers will be available to talk to conference attendees about their institutions. You do not have to be an active job seeker to attend. Conference attendees can feel free to walk around and talk to employers. No appointment necessary. See the Recruiters at Conference page to see the participating employers. Employers who want to participate should contact Beatrice Calvin. There is no cost to participate.

    Photography Service gold star
    Saturday & Sunday
    January 31 - February 1
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    An exciting new service is coming to the Placement Center. During the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be offering all attendees the opportunity to have a "headshot" photo package created. Any attendee can sign-up for an appointment with ALA's conference photography team to have a professional photo taken and set of digital images created for the attendees' use in job applications, social media and other networking opportunities. Sign-up now.

    Photos will be taken in the Placement Center on Saturday and Sunday, January 31-February 1, 2015, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Appointments can be made in advance and onsite. For advance appointments, use the online sign-up form.

    There is a nominal fee of $20 which can be paid either in advance with a check or money order, or onsite with cash, money order or check only. All advance payments must be received by Friday, January 23, 2015.

    To pay in advance, complete the registration form and mail it along with payment made payable to the American Library Association to the following address: ALA/HRDR, c/o Beatrice Calvin, Placement Photo Service, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

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    Professional Etiquette Luncheon
    Sunday, February 1, 2015
    11:30am – 1:30pm

    This interactive luncheon presentation provides an extensive tutorial on the dining etiquette skills needed when meeting potential clients, colleagues or employers in professional networking settings. The full dining tutorial includes how to navigate table settings, properly hold silverware for each course, how to eat various foods and how to graciously toast your host, among other topics. A portion of the presentation also focuses on professional etiquette as it relates to dress, behavior and communication in the professional world.

    It does not matter if you are a student, a new graduate, or a professional who has been working for years. The information provided in this session will be useful either as an introduction or a refresher. Anyone who attends can benefit. Cost is $40. Register early, as seating is limited.

    To register for this event, you can use the ALA Midwinter registration form. If you have already registered, you can add it to your registration. Use event code: HRD1.

    Resume Review Service
    Saturday & Sunday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Placement Center

    If you need help getting your resume polished, stop by the Placement Center while you are at conference. Come and discover the best way to show your most recent accomplishments with an updated resume.

    The resume critiquing service is free and available whenever the Placement Center is open. Advance sign-up is suggested as appointments go quickly. We will take appointments soon.

    Career Development Workshops

    Listed below are the sessions that will be held in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center (unless otherwise noted). There is no cost to attend. Registration is not required. Please return to this page often, as more details will be added.


    9:00 - 10:30am
    Mistakes Even Competent Job-Hunters Make

    Even in a tired economy, there are employers hiring. However, sometimes job-hunters get in their own way. Without specific goals, expert help, a familiarity with social media, active networking, and the willingness to receive and act on feedback-including hard news about the need to upgrade skills and emotional intelligence-success is less likely. Even intelligent and experienced job-hunters might need a course correction. Join us in this session to discover if you might be making mistakes that are keeping you from getting the job you really want.

    11:00am - 12:30pm
    Stop Running On Empty! How to Build Up Your Physical and Emotional Reserves

    Stress from work or our personal lives can wear us down. Everyone experiences stress, but some react to it better than others. You can learn how to improve your reaction to stress to better support your health. Learn to become more resilient--to bounce back from stressful experiences and move forward. This session will give you practical advice based on the scientific literature for building your physical and emotional reserves. Learn to stop running on empty!

    The presenter, Anne Mejia-Downs, PT, MPH, is an assistant professor in physical therapy at the University of Indianapolis and a practicing physical therapist with over 30 years of experience.

    1:30 - 3:30pm
    Career Autobiography

    Whether you are building a resume, creating a workplace portfolio, preparing for a job interview, or making a career change, a career autobiography can capture information and provide a narrative flow. It also can reveal patterns about career choices and help remind you of forgotten skills and accomplishments, in both text and graphic formats.

    Join us for a hands-on workshop on creating a document that can assist you on current and future job hunts and career decisions.


    9:00 - 10:30am
    HR Confidential: Insider Tips from Library HR Directors

    An informal discussion/Q&A session where you can gain an insider's perspective on the recruitment process from three experienced HR Directors. Get tips on how to make your application stand out. Find out how to be your own best advocate for professional development and career advancement. Explore negotiation strategies to ensure you get the most out of your offer package. All questions are welcome!

    About the Presenters: Kathryn Kjaer and Leo Agnew

    Kathryn is the Academic Personnel & Training Coordinator at the University of California, Irvine Libraries, a role she has held for 7 years. She coordinates all aspects of the UCI Libraries' librarian recruitment process working closely with search committees, department heads, and campus units. She also oversees the librarian academic review process and coordinates library-wide training and orientation programs. Prior to her current Human Resources role, Kathryn held a variety of librarian positions in ARL libraries. Kathryn holds a Master's in Library Science from the University of Iowa.

    Leo has 23 years of human resource experience which includes 14 years as an HR Director in ARL Libraries. In his current role, he supports the mission of the UI Libraries by overseeing human resource and diversity program activities which include organizational analysis and change efforts, strategic planning, academic and classified staff recruitment, staff training, employee relations, and more. His duties require working collaboratively with library staff as well as campus-level administrators. Leo earned a Master's in Public Administration in 2009.

    2:00 - 3:00pm
    The Power of No

    We have all heard the word no in our careers – from not getting a job or promotion we thought we were qualified for to not being permitted to work on a special project that we feel could be beneficial. As discouraging as it can be, hearing No can be turned into a positive opportunity.

    Attend this session to discuss how to deal with being told no in your career and use it to your advantage.

    Dan Hoppe, the Director of Human Resources at the American Library Association will share his years of experience in human resources to help attendees understand how to turn the word “No� into stepping stones to move your career forward.

    For more information on the ALA JobLIST Placement Center activites, contact Placement Manager, Beatrice Calvin.

    Last revised Dec. 2014