OLA Resume and Cover Letter Review Program 
Information for Members

What’s this program about?  

  • The OLA Resume & Cover Letter Review Program, sponsored by the OLA New Member Round Table & Membership Committee,  is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information field.

  • Resume review is a short-term partnership focused on providing feedback to the OLA Member seeking review.

  • For those seeking a longer-term professional relationship, the OLA Mentoring Program is open to all early-career library staff.

How will this program work?

  • Volunteer reviewers will evaluate the applicant’s resume and/or cover letter, then provide advice.  

  • In addition, the reviewer can assess any possible experiences or skills that might make the applicant more marketable for a desired position or career path.  

  • Resume reviewing will take place virtually in the Fall (although pairs are welcome to meet up if they wish!) and in-person at the OLA Annual Conference in the Spring.

Who should sign up?

  • Any and all emerging library and information professionals who might like a little bit of guidance on application materials are encouraged to sign up! An extra set of experienced eyes reviewing your materials might just make all the difference!

  • Any and all experienced library and information professionals, especially those who have recently (or often!) been involved in hiring decisions, interview panels, etc., and encouraged to sign up!

I’d like to help!  How do I sign up?

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


** Please note that matches will only be made in mid-Fall and Spring.


  • Recent experience on hiring and/or interview panels;

  • Currently in a position which reviews application materials.


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

Here is the criteria for those seeking review:


** Please note that 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.