Meetings and Programs

2017 Annual Conference

June 22 – 27, 2017

(Chicago, IL)


Programs of Interest



Career Development Workshops (CDW)



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
CDW: Getting Unstuck: Moving Ahead in Your Career When It Feels Like You Are Falling Behind

Were you looking for security and stability in your library career, but now you are experiencing stagnation? Have you had periods of success and achievement as a library innovator, but currently are being passed over for raises, promotions, and the cool projects?  Join us to learn how to anticipate and move past career plateaus. Topics include self-limiting belief systems, using out-of-date data, and the importance of keeping your network of work-related contacts and your skills fresh.

Presenter: Pat Wagner


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CDW:  Renew, Re-Energize, Refresh Your Career

Here are the top three reasons many people say they’re in their current jobs – “I needed more hours, so I took it.” “It wasn’t what I wanted, but it was a foot in the door.” “I needed more money.” Sound familiar? Well, as they say, this isn’t a dress rehearsal, so it’s time you made the right career decisions – for the right reasons. Imagine being happy to go to work in the morning, seeing a bright future ahead of you and taking pride in the contribution you’re making. It can happen! Maybe you just need to… Renew Yourself!

Presenter: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, MLS, CPLA, CDF


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
CDW: Manage Your Stress and Start Living a Healthier Life Today

Join us for this interactive session where we will discuss signs of stress and how it impacts your body and mental health.  Walk away with stress reduction techniques that you will be able to use immediately.  Leave feeling refreshed and prepared to meet challenges in healthier, more productive ways.

Presenter: Eric Dutt, Counselor, Joliet Junior College (IL)


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
CDW: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for a Successful Job Hunt

Whether you are looking for that first librarian position, looking to move up the career ladder, anticipating a geographic move, or looking for something else entirely, this interactive workshop will provide you with strategies and tools to navigate and organize your search, analyze job listings, and write effective, compelling cover letters and resumes. We will also discuss the importance of creating, and maintaining, a professional online presence, and of networking and getting involved in professional development opportunities — all of which will help get you noticed, in a good way, and propel you one step closer to the interview.

Presenter: Susanne Markgren, Digital Services Librarian, Purchase College, State University of New York



9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
CDW: HR Confidential: Insider Tips from an HR Director

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 is the Head of the Library Human Resources at the University of California, Irvine Libraries (CA)

Dan Hoppe is the Director of Human Resources for the American Library Association. Dan has over 18 years of experience working in human resources. He has worked in a variety of settings including start-ups, a Fortune 150 Company and county government.


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
CDW: Unemployed and Faking Normal

Elizabeth White, author of Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal, will discuss the hidden financial plight of many baby boomers and the pressure to act like everything’s OK when everything is not OK. White was interviewed recently on PBS NewsHour and her story/articles have appeared in Next Avenue, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post.

Presenter: Elizabeth White is an entrepreneur, author, aging solutions advocate, and seasoned non-profit executive with domestic and international expertise in economic development and gender empowerment.


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
CDW: Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul

Self-care is not a one-time thought or event. The concept needs to be part of a long-term strategy that is embedded in your life-style. Join us for this interactive presentation where we will explore a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses mind, body and spirit.  Walk away with tangible ideas that you can put in to practice immediately.

Presenter: Rodney Bullock, Counselor, Joliet Junior College, IL


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CDW: The Key to Getting Interviews: Great Cover Letters and Resumes

You can’t show the hiring manager what a perfect fit you are for that job you really want if you can’t get an interview.  Effective cover letters and resumes can be the key to getting your foot in the door.  Come to this session to get tips from someone who reviews cover letters and resumes on a daily basis, a human resource director.  Bring your resume and be prepared to leave with ideas for polishing your resume and cover letters so that you can start getting those interviews.

Presenter: Dan Hoppe, Director of Human Resources for the American Library Association

For more information on activities held in the Placement & Career Development Center, visit our website.