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CAREER GUIDANCE WORKHOPS

FRIDAY, June 25, 2010


Careers in Federal Libraries
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: TBD
Cost: FREE. Conference Registration Required.
To register, see ALA registration information.

Looking for a job as a federal information professional? Did you know that the average annual salary for all librarians in the Federal Government in non-supervisory, supervisory, and managerial positions was $80,873 in 2007? Join us to learn tips and practical advice from federal librarians working in a variety of federal agencies. Discover opportunities for internships, practicums, field experiences, and fellowships.


SATURDAY, June 26


The Ins and Outs of Job Hunting for Academic Library Positions - An Insider's Perspective
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Placement Center
Registration NOT Required.

An ARL recruiter provides a review of the selection process and lots of specific pointers for those seeking their first or next position in an academic library.

About the presenter:
Brian Keith is Assistant Dean for Financial and Human Resources at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries. In this capacity he manages the recruitment process for more than 400 library positions, provides employee relations counseling, and coordinates employee relations actions with representatives of numerous university entities. He also develops, maintains and interprets compensation plans for library employees, manages the library performance review process, and administrates the tenure and promotion process. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the academic environment.


Why Can't I Get Any Interviews?
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Location: Placement Center
Registration NOT Required.
Presented by Vicki Burger, Assistant Director, Library Personnel, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

You have the perfect resume (or you think you do!). You've sent it to every job opening you can find. You've posted it in ten different places online. You give a copy to everyone you meet. But how effective is your resume, really? Are you getting the results (interviews) you want from it? If you are getting interviews, are you receiving job offers? In this session we will help you examine if your resume or your interview preparation is sabotaging your job search efforts!


Innovative Career Choices: Opportunities Beyond Public and Academic Libraries
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Sponsored by NMRT. Conference Registration Required.


Starting Out? Start with You: What Every New Librarian Needs to Know
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Sponsored by ACRL. Conference Registration Required.

Are you a new librarian seeking to share your bright ideas, enthusiasm, and fresh perspective? Want to learn more about professional awareness and participation, networking, communication, research, publication, promotion, and tenure? Learn how to develop your career by turning initiative into innovation, identifying best practices, overcoming setbacks, and maximizing contributions. This program will highlight important considerations for new librarians and recommend actions that will enhance professional development, job satisfaction, and career growth.

Speakers: Karen Sobel, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver; Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Digital Services Librarian, Southern Connecticut State University


SUNDAY, June 27


Improving Your Odds: Career-Changing and Job-Hunting Strategies
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Placement Center
Registration NOT Required.
Presented by Pat Wagner of Pattern Research, Inc.

Are you planning a job change? Anticipating layoffs at your library? Looking for your first library position? Been in the job market for a while? Trying to help your library users? Learn practical tips about how to deal with job-hunting in a depressed economy. Topics include common career and job-hunting mistakes, creating a better resume, financial realities, re-negotiating the social contract, when not to use a resume, why job-hunting is a sales campaign, why networking still works in an electronic age, the importance of lifelong learning inside and outside of a classroom, and why you need a team.

About the presenter:
For many years Pat Wagner worked with adults who were changing careers and looking for jobs, particularly in the public sector. She was a college counselor and instructor, conducted job-hunting classes for unionized and government workplaces, and participated in outplacement programs, where she taught people to write resumes and build job-hunting networks. She also coached job-hunters individually on research and networking. Currently, she is a library consultant and trainer with over 30 years' experience working with libraries. Pat is known for her good-humored and practical programs.


What Do I Need to Know? Strategies for Career Growth and Promotion
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: TBD
Sponsored by BCALA. Conference Registration Required.


Not So Extreme Makeovers
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Sponsored by ALA-APA. Conference Registration Required.

We hear so much about the negative stereotype of how library staff look and dress. This program will take a positive spin on those oft-depicted items in the library employee closet - focusing on enhancement rather than change. It will also go deeper into our image, about what we "say" to others through not just our clothing, but our posture, communication styles and general "vibe." You will leave the program rejuvenated and excited about new ways to let your light shine without plastic surgery, couture designers or hypnosis.


Getting Back Into the Game: Advice for the Laid-Off, Insecurely Employed, and Mid-Career Slump
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Sponsored by ALA-APA. Conference Registration Required.

Come one, come all for this discussion laced with best practices about how to deal with your current employment situation. You are asking yourself and others are asking you why you unemployed or unhappily employed. While you're trying to answer this question, there are hundreds of other questions plaguing you about what you do next. And thinking about all those questions can engender a feeling of helplessness when you know you have to move from thought to action. At this program, we want to talk about how to be reflective, courageous, motivated and well-prepared as you shift into the next phase of your career.


MONDAY, June 28


Negotiation - What Else is on the Table?
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Sponsored by ALA-APA. Conference Registration Required.

If we were playing Family Feud, the survey would say that salaries are number one when the topic is compensation. But there are many other elements of compensation that you may not think about when you are accepting a position or promotion - and some of those are also negotiable. You will learn the basics of negotiation for all aspects of the compensation package, from what to ask to when to ask to how to respond to the outcome.


  • Note: Conference registration is not required for any workshop that is being held in the Placement Center.