Passing along a few messages from NMRT for the upcoming ALA conference
in Chicago -- please excuse any cross-postings!
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ALA is sponsoring several job hunting workshops this year, in addition
to their job placement service.
The Placement Center will be located in the McCormick Place
Convention Center, South Hall - A1, and will operate during the
following days and times at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago:
Friday, June 24 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 25 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 27 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Power-Up Your Job Search - 9:30 - 11:00a.m.
This workshop will help you determine how prepared you are for a job
search. Then you will work to create a plan that will get you moving
towards finding the job that's right for you.
Placement Services Orientation - 11:30a.m. - 12:00 noon
An orientation for job seekers will be held on the Placement Center
floor. There will be live internet connections with a real
"walk-through" demonstration. If you intend to use the Placement
Service, you should attend.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Congratulations, Rural Library Director! You've Got the Job. Now
What? - 10:30am - 12:00pm*
This program will provide library directors -- especially new ones --
with a roadmap of best practices, tools, and other advice to best
serve their libraries' citizens. Participants will learn how to meet
challenges in their communities, even with limited resources.
Executive Compensation: Negotiating in a Competitive Environment -
10:30am - 12:00pm*
Over the next five years, a substantial proportion of library
leadership will retire. Libraries recruiting for new directors have
already found that salary requirements of candidates can be
significantly higher that the pay of those they are replacing and the
environment will only become more competitive as retirements
accelerate and more libraries are competing for the same pool of
candidates. Both candidates and employers need to know how executive
salaries in libraries compare to those of other public and nonprofit
Interviewing Strategies - 12:30 - 1:30p.m.
What if your resume has landed you the opportunity to interview for
your ideal job? Now what? This workshop will help you appreciate
the opportunity that interviews create... and hopefully alleviate
some of the stress!
Professional Portfolio Development - 1:30 - 3:30p.m.*
A portfolio is a tool for demonstrating your expertise in a subject
area. It provides proof of your skills and abilities with work
samples. It also helps you define your personal and professional
goals. This presentation explores the benefits and elements of a
portfolio development. Participants will leave this session with a
basic template that can be used to create their own professional
Planning the Next Step in Your Library Career: Strategies for Keeping
Pace with the Changing Library Environment - 1:30 - 3:30p.m.*
Are you satisfied with your early career choices? Concerned that
your job will not exist in 10 years? Facing limited opportunities to
advance or worried about job burnout? Discover actions and
strategies that can be utilized today in order to avoid a one
direction career track. Learn steps to ensure a satisfying library
Are You Prepared for Your Next Job? - 1:30 - 3:30p.m.*
Wondering what you would need to know, what experiences might best
prepare you to enter and advance in library management? This session
is designed to facilitate career planning and assess continuing
education needs of managers. The panelists will present and discuss
findings from interviews with new managers. What experiences or
education best prepared study participants? what knowledge or
experience did they wish they had? Discussion will follow the
Sunday, June 16, 2005
Networking for Career Success - 8:30 - 10:00a.m.
Do you think that networking involves asking everyone you know for a
job? Do you think that networking requires you to make "cold calls?"
Do you feel like you don't really have a network? If you answered
yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you! This
workshop will dispel these and other myths about networking. It will
also help you develop ways to extend your list of personal referrals
so that you can reach people who are in positions to offer you the
job you want.
What are my options if I cannot pursue a Master's degree? - 8:30 -
Staff members frequently wonder about options for continuing
education within the library field, especially if they find they are
unable to pursue a Masters degree. A panel will discuss specific
options to obtaining an MLS or MLIS, including Library Technical
Assistant (LTA) degree programs, certification programs, and support
staff training institutes. Speakers: Dorothy Morgan, Liverpool
Public Library, (NY); Douglass Morrison, Reference/Serials Librarian,
Ohio State ATI Library (OH)
Don't Move Out, Move Up! Strategies for Librarians to Move Up the
Ladder, Not Out the Door - 10:30am - 12:00pm*
As attention is paid to the need for recruiting racially and
ethnically diverse librarians, researchers point to evidence of
higher attrition of librarians from these same underrepresented
groups. This panel explores strategies to not only ride the waves,
but navigate the waters to a fulfilling career. Moderated by
Willette Stinson, Prairie View A&M University.
How Do I Know It's Discrimination? Recognizing and Resolving
Discriminatory Employment Practices in Libraries 1:30pm - 3:30pm*
As charges of discrimination become more and more frequent in
libraries it becomes increasingly important that human resources
personnel, managers, supervisors, and individual library workers are
able to identify and reconcile unlawful practices and disparate
treatment in the workplace before they require third-party resolution
or formal litigation. This program will look at civil rights and
equal employment protections and guidelines for making and handling
Monday, June 17, 2005
Negotiating Your Next Compensation Package: Tools You Can Use -
8:00am - 10:00am*
This interactive session will give you the opportunity to learn the
principles of negotiation and engage in mock negotiations. You will
leave this session excited and empowered with tools you need to make
your next offer your best offer! Speaker: Mary Pergander, Director,
Lake Bluff (IL) Public Library.
*Workshops that have an asterisk following the time, require
registration for the ALA Conference in order to attend.
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