I enjoy attending library conferences for three reasons. The first is the knowledge. Conferences give us the opportunity to learn about programs, experiences, and ideas from other libraries. The second is the energy. I always leave feeling excited and motivated to return to work. The final reason is the people. Conferences are a great place to network, which is especially helpful to librarians who are looking for new jobs or students entering the field. Meeting people in the profession is invaluable, as the person sitting next to you at the NELA banquet may be getting ready to post your dream job.
To help both job seekers and employers in the quest to find the perfect match, this year’s NELA conference will feature a Job Center with programming on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, learn more about Bibliotemps, which recruits and places experienced library staff in short-term assignments in libraries across Massachusetts. If you are looking for a long-term staffing solution, attend one of the Career Mixers,* which will offer potential employers and employees the opportunity to meet in a casual setting–a great networking opportunity. At times throughout both days, experienced hiring managers will be available to review resumes. Be sure to register in advance for a time slot. Once your resume is perfected, learn how to write “Cover Letters that Open Doors” on Monday. We look forward to seeing you there!
*Special thanks to Kathryn Liddle of the Goodnow Library and Farouqua Abuzeit of the Wellesley Free Library for creating and sharing their concept and materials.