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We Want You! Applying for a Position in a Federal Library or Archive

Uncle Sam, by James Montgomery Flagg

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work for a federal library or archive? Do you find the application process intimidating and confusing? Did you know that there are federal library and archives employment opportunities outside of Washington, DC?

This webcast—to be hosted by the ARL Diversity and Leadership programs on Tuesday, November 18—will explore employment opportunities in federal agencies and discuss the advantages of and challenges faced by new professionals. Presenters will provide tips about how to track open positions in federal agencies, and how to craft an effective application profile, cover letter, and résumé. Possible interview scenarios will be covered, along with advice on how to prepare for them.


Kathel Dunn, National Library of Medicine


Lindsay Franz, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine
Carlos Martinez III, Library of Congress
Ashley D. Stevens, National Archives and Records Administration

Webcast Details

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 3:00–4:15 p.m. eastern standard time
Technical Requirements: An Internet connection and a phone line
Registration: Space is limited. Register now to participate.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.