Build Your Career
PaLA Can Help!
As a professional association, the Pennsylvania Library Association is committed to providing resources for libraries, librarians and anyone interested in a possible career in the library profession.
Through PaLA membership, you can get involved in the profession.We are also here to help you:
- find a job or post a job
- find a school
- get financial assistance to build your career
- become a leader in the organization
- get certified as a library assistant, provisional librarian, or professional librarian
The resources linked on this page include job advertisements and resources for individuals who are contemplating a degree in library science.
What does a librarian do?
Librarians find fulfillment in their work because they provide essential services for patrons of public, school, college, university and other libraries. The range of services they offer matter greatly to their communities: assistance finding jobs; free, reliable and organized access to books, the Internet and other sources of information and entertainment; research and reference assistance; and, programs for children, immigrants and other groups with specific needs, plus much more...
There are more than 135,000 librarians working in schools, public libraries and colleges and universities – plus thousands more in hospitals, law firms, government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations. From the Chicago Symphony to Columbia University to Entertainment Weekly, there is a diverse range of career opportunities for these graduates. Librarianship remains a dynamic and rewarding career choice ranging from teaching information literacy skills to digitizing and archiving rare collections to selecting the winning Newbery Medal book for children.
~ ALA president Maureen Sullivan in the Washington Post, July 9, 2012