Career Questions from Your Fellow Library Professionals at ALA Midwinter, 2018

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

During the recent ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado several questions arose during the counseling sessions which were conducted in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center. In this brief video chat, Caitlin Williams discusses these questions along with responses for how to handle each situation mentioned. She also includes a resource list for additional reading.

Resources for You

  • About Careers website (especially The Doyle Report by Alison Doyle):
  • Anderson, Davis and Raymond Pun, eds., 2016. Career Transitions for Librarians. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Bridges, William, 2017.  Managing Transitions, Making the Most of Change, 25th anniversary edition. Philadelphia, PA: De Capo Lifelong Books.
  • Bridges, William, 2004. Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition.  Philadelphia, PA: De Capo Lifelong Books.  [Note: I realize this book was first published several years ago. However, it is one of the finest books available on making transitions in one’s life]
  • Career Confidential website: Great site for tons of information on all aspects of the job search:
  • Chritton, Susan, 2012.  Personal Branding for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.  
  • Dority, G. Kim, 2016. Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals, 2nd edition.  Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Elad, Joel, 2016.  LinkedIn for Dummies, 4th edition.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.
  • Enelow, Wendy & Louise Kursmark, 2016.  Modernize Your Resume: Get Noticed.. Get Hired.  Coleman Falls, VA: Emerald Career Publishing.
  • Glass Door website:
  • Hansen, Katharine, 2009.  Tell Me about Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career. Indianapolis, IN:  JIST Works.
  • Neely, Teresa Y., ed. 2011.  How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool.  Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.
  • Serdula, Donna, 2017.  LinkedIn Profile Optimization for Dummies.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Shindler, David.  Finally, A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Employer Research.  From: The Savvy Intern website:
  • Ward, James G., 2017.  New Directions.  Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group.
  • Yate, Martin, 2017.  Knock ‘Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide.  Avon, MA: Adams Media.
  • Zack, Devora, 2010.  Networking for People Who Hate Networking.  San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.