Category Archives: Career Advancement

The Mindset of a Lifelong Learner

How many times over the years have you heard that libraries are going away or that there will no longer be a need for library workers due to technology? It may be true that technology has changed the way many industries operate, and many processes have been transformed because of technology. However, countless articles* and reports extol the value of libraries and library workers. They seem to indicate that neither is going to disappear any time soon. But have you Read the rest

10 Habits to Help Advance Your Career

Are you feeling stuck in your current position? Are you longing for something more in your career, but not sure what or how to get it? If you conduct an online search on how to change positions, you can often find a plethora of advice for newer job seekers. But how do you advance in your career if you’ve been working for a while? Even before the start of the pandemic, many libraries and organizations were experiencing budget cuts and … Read the rest

13 Signs You’re Applying for the Wrong Jobs

It seems that every time I open my email, I see an announcement about another staff person leaving the organization. We are not alone.  Since the start of the pandemic, countless news outlets continue to talk about a dramatic increase in resignations across the U.S.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.6 million people quit their jobs in May of this year alone. NPR reported that people are leaving their jobs searching for more money, more flexibility and Read the rest

Leadership Tips for First-Time Managers

If you were recently promoted to a manager/leadership role, chances are, the things that led to this success —your skills, talents, and technical knowledge— will no longer function in the same way for you as a leader. To be successful as a new manager, you must redirect your focus from yourself to your team members. According to this article, if you’re a new manager, your definition of success must now include the success of others. The article’s Read the rest

Prepare to Hear Incredible Speakers at ALA Annual Conference

The ALA Annual Conference has a lineup of incredible featured speakers, more than 200 educational sessions, 300+ exhibitors, and more than 140 authors and counting. Plus, you’ll have access to the conference content for an entire year!

Here’s the biggest news yet! The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, will join an already amazing lineup of featured speakers to close ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition on June 29.

If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting … Read the rest

Get Your Career Moving in the Right Direction

If you need help getting your career on track, take advantage of the services and activities hosted by the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service this month. Events are listed below.

  • Career Coaching – Wednesday and Thursday, June 16th & 17th
  • Ask HR – Saturday, June 26, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Job Fair – Sunday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; See a list of participating Recruiters.
  • Mentoring-on-the-Fly –
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Library Career Alternatives: How to Market Your Transferable Skills to Land Your Next Job

Are you feeling stuck in your current job and wondering what to do next? Or, are you wondering about career options? If you said yes, consider attending this complimentary webinar, Library Career Alternatives  hosted by the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Service on Saturday, June 26, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Register now, as space is limited.

The librarian or information professional skill set is highly transferable and applicable in the rapidly changing information job market. There are many … Read the rest

Get Ready: ALA Annual Conference is Next Month

The ALA Annual Conference is June 23-29, 2021. No matter where you are in your career, you will get something meaningful out of attending this virtual event. You can expect connection, support, and high-impact learning for everyone – all library workers, in all types of libraries, at all career points. The virtual format makes it convenient, easy-to-attend, and affordable — with access to on-demand content for an entire year.

Register now. For more information, visit the conference website. We … Read the rest

Accepting Appointments for Career Coaching Sessions

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer complimentary career coaching sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, June 16 & 17, 2021, in preparation for the ALA 2021 Annual Conference. Sign-up now while appointments are still available.

Get inspiration to start or recharge your career by meeting with a professional career counselor. The counselor can guide you in strategizing for the first or next phase of your career, solving a problem in your current job situation, … Read the rest

Why You Should Take Inventory of Your Skills and How to Do It

Many people find themselves in a holding pattern because we are still amid the pandemic. Most people are not actively pursuing new positions (unless, of course, they are unemployed). Even if they are not particularly happy with their current job situation, people don’t want to move right now. So they are staying put. However, once we return to some semblance of normalcy, many people will be looking for new jobs. If you are one of them, you should take advantage Read the rest