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TYPE: Process Committee

PURPOSE: The committee serves to manage and staff the Placement Office at the Annual Meeting. It also serves to communicate career opportunities, educate both employers and employees about the profession throughout the year via the Committee's web site.

CHARGE: The Placement Committee shall:

  • Manage and staff the Placement Office at the Annual Meeting assisted by volunteers from the membership, as well as at least one full-time employee from headquarters or convention staff.
  • Provide policy guidance on career issues relating to placement in the profession.
  • Determine statistics necessary to develop and understand the current state of the profession, including where the positions are, types of libraries and geographic locations and where job growth is expected.
  • Develop career publications necessary for placement and develop new publications when appropriate.
  • Work with headquarters staff to provide a forum on AALL's web site where members can obtain career advice, counseling and discuss issues relating to the profession.
  • Work collaboratively with the Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee, Membership Development Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee.

TIME COMMITMENT: At the Annual Meeting, each committee member staffs the placement office approximately 4 hours and attends a ninety-minute Placement Committee meeting. During the rest of the year, some committee members volunteer for projects such as revising Placement Committee web pages, writing an article, planning a program, compiling statistics, etc. These projects generally involve time commitments ranging from 5 to 40 hours. Project work tends to be evenly distributed throughout the year. It is important that committee members be able to attend the Annual Meeting in order to obtain insight into placement office operations. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board.

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: Committee members must be able to attend the AALL Annual Meeting.

TENURE: Membership on the committee shall normally be for two (2) years, except that the vice chair and chair will each serve three (3) years. The returning member selected as vice chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year, and become chair in the third.

SIZE: The committee shall consist of a chair, vice chair, nine (9) members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison.


Goal I: Leadership

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES: The committee works collaboratively with the following AALL committees and entities:

The committee also works with headquarters staff to facilitate operation of the Placement Office at the Annual Meeting.

POLICIES: In 2003, the Association's Executive Board voted to accept placement listings only for positions whose annual full-time salary meets or exceeds $30,000.

(Approved November, 1994 Board Meeting - Tab 37, page 2028)

AALL accepts two types of placement listings. The first section will include positions at institutions that have adopted or pursue policies not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation in the employment of librarians and staff. Following these listings will be a separate category for law schools having a religious affiliation or purpose that wish to exercise their rights under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to apply employment policies related to that affiliation or purpose. These provide a preference for persons adhering to the religious affiliation or purpose of the law school, but shall not be applied to preclude applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. Any law school so exercising its Constitutional right shall make available to the

AALL Placement Committee and to interested potential applicants information explaining the religious beliefs, values, and practices of the institution so that informed decisions about whether to apply are possible.

(Approved July, 1993)

ALL Placement Services at the Annual Meeting shall be made available to all employers and candidates without fees. Non-members and those who have not registered for the Annual Meeting may use the services without charge.

(Approved March, 1996 Board Meeting - Tab 11/11a, page 2229)