Sunday, January 15, 2012

More Professional & Job Search Resources

The Job Hunt

The ALA JobLIST Direct, the free bi-weekly e-newsletter from ALA JobLIST! The newsletter keeps you up to date on what’s going on with job-seeking and hiring in the profession—including information on new publications, professional development offerings and opportunities to connect and network. Sign up for it here:

ALA JobLIST Placement Center at ALA Midwinter 
If you’re looking for a job or a new employee, in addition to the networking possibilities at ALA Midwinter Meeting (Dallas, TX, January 20-24, 2012), the ALA JobLIST Placement Center is an excellent resource, with all services free to job seekers. Provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the Placement Center will be open on the Saturday and Sunday of the meeting, with an orientation on Saturday at 8:30am. January 21.

Job seekers should register and search for jobs on the JobLIST website at . Registration (recommended but not required) will give registered employers access to your resume information. It also allows for direct communication between job seekers and employers. 

How to become an Essential Librarian
by Branne Kirsh

Published in the November issue of Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table 2, no. 1

I Need a Library Job Launches Website

Read the blog about locating a library job, connect with others, and see the jobs list all in on place.

When Looking for a Library Branch out! 

We all know that finding a job after library school can be tough, by expanding your search beyond the traditional library, you expose yourself to more opportunities and just might find the perfect job in an expected place. Here are a few places to look for jobs outside the traditional library realm. 

  • USA Jobs:
The US Government has libraries at every agency and hires MLIS graduates for all sorts of information related jobs. All applications and job announcements for the Federal Government are posted at USA Jobs.

  • LAC Group
Hires for companies across the US. Some jobs are temporary but many are permanent positions.

  • AIM Library Staff: A placement company that works with private organizations throughout the US.

  • NonProfits:
Nonprofits often hire researchers and other positions perfectly suited for someone with an MLIS. Search for nonprofit jobs here or on individual organization websites.

  • Publishers:
Like nonprofits, publishers are looking for talented folks for work with copyright, research, and much more. Take a look here or on individual company websites.


LITA/Ex Libris seeking LIS student authors
The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program.  The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, telecommunications, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, universal access to technology, library consortia and others.
Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate.  The deadline for submission of the manuscript is February 28, 2012.

To be eligible, applicants must follow the detailed guidelines and fill out the application form at

Send the signed, completed forms by February 28, 2012 to the Award Committee Chair,

Heidi Hanson, University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, IT Division, College Park, MD 20742-7011.
Submit the manuscript to Heidi electronically at by February 28, 2012.
The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the
2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

ALA Awards & Grants
ALA offers hundreds of grant and award opportunities throughout the year and for all types of librarians/students. Check out their list of grant opportunities often so that you don’t miss out!

Conference Opportunities

3M/ NMRT Professional Development Grant 

The purpose of the 3M/ NMRT Professional Development Grant is to encourage professional development and participation by newALA members in national ALA and NMRT activities. Applicants must be personal ALA/ NMRT members who are working within the territorial United States. The 2012 3M/ NMRT Professional Development Grant will help finance attendance at the 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA: June 21-26, 2012. It covers round trip airfare, lodging, conference registration fees and some incidental expenses.

2012 ALA Annual Conference Poster Session Proposals

Proposals for poster sessions to be presented at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim are now being accepted. An application form is available on the poster session website, at, and the deadline for submission is January 6.

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

The deadline for submitting an application is January 6, 2012. Applicants will be notified by Feb. 29, 2012, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference, prior to the ALA Early Bird Registration deadline. The 2012 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 23 and 24, 2012 (the Saturday and Sunday of the conference) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

More information:

Society of American Archivists-Call for Student Paper and Poster Presentations
2012 Annual Meeting
The 2012 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during SAA’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, August 6-11, 2012. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered.This year's theme is Thinking “Beyond Borders.” Thinking “Beyond Borders.” enables us to envision new opportunities beyond our institutions and specializations, to expand our perceptions of history, culture, memory, and recordkeeping to arrive at a more inclusive and holistic view of the great work of archives.  In 2012 we have the opportunity to free ourselves from the imaginary borders of our past and leverage the opportunity, knowledge, and experience that lies beyond.Proposals that address the program theme are especially encouraged.

More information:

2013 ALA Annual Conference program proposals will be due May 11, 2012
ACRL invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2013 Conference to be held April 10 -13, 2013, in Indianapolis.  Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due May 11, 2012. Cyber Zed Shed presentation, poster session, roundtable discussion and Virtual Conference Webcast proposals are due Nov. 9, 2012. Submit proposals via the online form available in the Call for Participation.

Call for Poster Proposals
ACRL Science and Technology Section (ACRL-STS), ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim California, 2012.
Deadline Friday, January 6, 2012

The ACRL STS Research Committee and STS Program Planning Committee invite proposals for posters to be exhibited during the STS program reception at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Posters will be displayed from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012, immediately following the STS program, which starts at 8:30 a.m. All proposers for accepted posters must be present to answer questions.

We encourage proposals for posters relating to the following program theme:
Educating Tomorrows Science Professional: The program seeks to establish a dialogue between science & technology librarians, faculty and students, focusing on the issue of preparing today’s students to become tomorrow’s science professionals. The discussion will explore the challenges faculty face as they seek to educate emerging scientists, new outreach models for working with faculty on creating information and data literate researchers, and the ways librarians can work with science students to support their goals of becoming science professionals.
Posters that present innovative programs, cover new instructional methods, discuss successful outreach efforts and develop curricula for producing data literate faculty and students are welcomed. 

Poster proposals should be:
• Well written, clear, logical and well organized (250 words or less).
• Original, timely and relevant to science/technology librarianship.
• Contribute to the advancement of science librarianship.
• Develop ideas, offer significant conclusions, and provide useful and practical findings.
• Appeal to and engage the audience, providing opportunities for discussion and interaction.
• Provide a good visual description of the project.
Special attention will be given to proposals that:
• Relate to this year's theme.
• Generate ideas or report on work that contributes to an ongoing discussion about the future of science and technology librarianship.
• Demonstrate innovative thinking.
• Contribute ideas for positioning science and technology librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.
• Present strategies for effectively implementing new ideas.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday January 6, 2012. Review of submissions by the STS Research Committee will begin immediately.

Poster proposals (250 words or less) should be submitted via e-mail to:
Edward Gonzalez, Co-Chair of the STS Research Committee,

Be sure to include your name, institution, phone, fax, e-mail address, and poster title. We do not accept proposals from vendors.

Make Sure You're in the Loop
Follow the ALA Student Members Blog.
A Library Writer’s Blog - Various library-related calls for proposals, chapters, speaking, etc

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