OLA Resume and Cover Letter Review Program 
Information for Members

This program is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information field. Resume review is intended to be a short-term partnership focused on providing feedback to the OLA Member seeking review. For those seeking a longer-term supportive relationship, the OLA Mentoring Program is open to all early-career library staff.

Volunteer reviewers will evaluate the applicant’s resume and representative cover letter and provide advice on these documents.  In addition, the reviewer can assess any possible experiences or skills that might the applicant more marketable for a desired position.

How exactly will it work?

Recruitment for volunteer reviewers and review-seekers as well as matching will take place on a semi-annual basis:

  • Fall - Virtual Participation (via email, phone, GoToMeeting, Skype, Hangouts, etc.)

  • Spring -  In-Person Participation to be held at the OLA Annual Conference.

 Reviewers and applicants can communicate via whatever modality (email, phone, web conferencing, in-person, etc.) is mutually agreed on. However, in the Spring, reviews will be made only in-person at the Oregon Library Association Conference.


I’d like to help!  How do I sign up?

Here’s what we’re looking for in a volunteer resume reviewer:


  • OLA Membership;

  • Ability to provide feedback to the OLA Member seeking review;

  • Complete the Volunteer Form for Resume Reviewers (please note: matches will only be made in mid-Fall and Spring)


  • Recent experience on hiring and/or interview panels;

  • Currently in a position which often reviews candidate applications, such as a management position.


I would love advice on my cover letter and resume!  How do I sign up?

Here is the criteria for those seeking review:


  • OLA membership;

  • Ability to receive feedback from the OLA Member providing review;

  • Complete the Form for Resume Review Seekers (please note: matches will only be made in mid-Fall and Spring)


  • Emerging information professional;

  • Recent MLIS graduate or currently enrolled in MLIS program.


What if I have questions? Problems?

You can use the Resume Review Program inquiry form to contact Resume Review Program administrators.