Going Pro: From the Interview to the First Year

Decatur, GA

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“Going Pro: From the Interview to the First Year” is the second in AEL’s 2013 series on becoming a professional librarian. This event will focus on practical interview strategies for both academic and public libraries, salary negotiations, and acclimating to a new professional environment. The speakers will offer insights on how to distinguish yourself among other candidates and be a good new employee. 


A social mixer will follow the event at The Marlay House in Decatur at 4:30-5:30 PM.


Panelist Biographies:

Alexandra Beswick

Alexandra Beswick graduated with her MLIS from the University of Rhode
Island in 1990. Her 23 year career span has encompassed a spectrum of public
library experience at a supervisory level, from single city libraries to
multi-branch large county systems. She has been on both sides of the
interview table and reviewed numerous position applications and resumes over
the years. Ms Beswick recognizes that continuous learning, maintaining
passion for the profession and being flexible in a climate of rapid change
is inherent to remaining successful and vital in the field of librarianship.

Pat Hawthorne

Pat Hawthorne, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, oversees human
resources, finance, facilities, and external relations for Emory
Libraries. She previously served as Director of Research & Learning
Services (Texas State University-San Marcos), Director of Library
Human Resources (UCLA), Assistant University Librarian for
Administrative Services (University of Miami), Administrative Projects
Librarian (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)
and Assistant Librarian (Louisiana State University). Hawthorne holds
an M.A. (University of Texas at San Antonio), an M.S.L.S. (University
of Kentucky in Lexington), and a B.A. (University of Southwestern
Louisiana in Lafayette). She is a member of the Society of Human
Resource Management and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human
Resources (SPHR). She is the 2012-13 LLAMA President as well as an
active ACRL member. She was selected for the 1994 TALL (Texas
Accelerated Library Leaders) Texans Leadership Development Institute
and the 2001 UCLA Senior Fellows Program.

Bryan Sinclair

Bryan Sinclair is Associate Dean for Public Services at Georgia State
University Library, where he has served since 2010. His interests are
in collaborative research and discovery spaces, data services, digital
humanities, and exploring new roles for librarians. He holds a B.A. in
English and Journalism/Mass Communication from Samford University and
both a M.A. in Religious Studies and M.L.I.S. degree from the
University of South Carolina.

Two continuing education credits are available for this event.