American Library Association
Recruitment Clearinghouse

Career Specializations
Public Libraries


School Library / Media Centers
  • The Recruitment to School Librarianship webpage developed by the American Association of School Librarians, Recruitment for the Profession Task Force provides information to people interested in school library media careers as well as those interested in recruiting to the profession.

  • "A Model for Recruitment." 24, no. 1 CSLA Journal (Fall 2000): 23-24. Describes a successful recruitment program by the California School Library Association, Committee for Library Information and Promotion, to recruit teachers as school librarians.
Academic / Research Libraries
  • Cornell College, Coe Library in Mt. Vernon, Iowa offers a number of internship and independent study opportunities.

  • The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries offers an annual stipend of up to $1,000 to graduate library students who have demonstrated interest in academic librarianship. For more information contact Lisa Stillwell, Information Literacy Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College, at

  • Faces of a Profession, the ACRL/ARL recruitment video, highlights the role of academic librarians and the satisfactions to be realized in the profession. It includes interviews with academic librarians who discuss what they do and why they made their career choices.

  • The Association for Research Libraries provides a database of Research Library Internship and Residency Programs along with a listing of related readings and resources.

  • The Association of College and Research Libraries Recruiting to the Profession webpage provides links to recruitment brochures, videos, and publications, including the "Job of a Lifetime" series published bi-monthly in College & Research Libraries News.

  • Stevens, Jen and Rosemary Streatfeild. Recruitment and Retention, SPEC Kit 276. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries, September 2003. See the "Recruitment to the Profession" section on pages 106-119 for descriptions of initiatives at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University, the Library of Congress, and the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Sutton, Margot. "Job Shadow Day: Recruitment to the Profession." College & Research Libraries News 61, no. 4 (April 2000). Summarizes job shadow days in a number of academic libraries.

Special Libraries
Other Specializations
Information Technology/Systems, Reference, Paraprofessional/Support Staff
    Information Technology/Systems
  • The Library Information Technology Association sponsors four LITA scholarships to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and information technology field.

  • Reference
  • The Reference and User Services Association Careers in Reference webpage promotes the variety and excitement of reference work. Includes a pdf brochure for distribution.

  • Children / Youth Services
  • The American Library Association promotes library careers working with children and young adults.

  • Paraprofessional/Support Staff
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook describes the nature of work, working conditions, employment patterns, job outlook, earnings and other career considerations for Library Assistants/Clerical and Library Technician positions.

  • The American Library Association Library Support Staff Resource Center lists job titles, state certification programs, paraprofessional associations, and other career resources.

This page is maintained by the ALA Recruitment Assembly in liaison with the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment. Please send recommendations for additions or changes to jbrewer at
Last update January 5, 2005.