Stats and Graphs: What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School?

It’s Staturday!

responses over time
Although the survey is and will remain open at
http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibschoolsurvey,
responses do seem to be petering out, and as it is such an auspicious day for this sort of thing, we are happy to present to you:

Results!

There have been 263 responses, as of the morning of 8/16/2013. Here are some graph-based representations of them. Please be advised this is not science, and you shouldn’t try to extrapolate these trends to the world at large. Be a dear and also forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity.

 

Do library schools teach candidates the job skills you are looking for in potential hires?

chart

Yes 21    8%
No 32    12%
Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate 187    72%
You can’t teach the job skills I need in library school  5    2%
Other 16    6%

 

Should library students focus on learning theory or gaining practical skills? (Where 5 is practice, 1 is theory and 3 means “both equally”)

theory v. practice

1 (theory)    2    1%
2   24    9%
3 (both equally)   125    48%
4   83    32%
5 (practice)   26    10%

 

What coursework do you think all (or most) MLS/MLIS holders should take, regardless of focus?

coursework

Reference

206

78%

Collection Management

190

72%

Project Management

168

64%

Library Management

161

61%

Soft Skills

155

59%

Research Methods

154

59%

Web Design/Usability

152

58%

Cataloging

148

56%

Instruction

143

54%

Field Work/Internships

143

54%

Outreach

130

49%

Marketing

129

49%

Budgeting/Accounting

123

47%

Digital Collections

118

45%

Information Behavior

109

41%

Readers’ Advisory

98

37%

Grant Writing

94

36%

Programming (Events)

89

34%

Metadata

84

32%

Services to Special Populations

67

25%

History of Books/Libraries

60

23%

Other

38

14%

Programming (Coding)

33

13%

Archives

23

9%

Vocabulary Design

22

8%

Portfolio/ePortfolio

15

6%

 

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently? (Example: a candidate who took an instructional design class vs. a candidate who taught library instruction sessions.)

courework v. work

Yes–I value skills gained through

a student job more highly

125    48%
Yes–I value skills gained through

coursework more highly

4    2%
No preference–as long as they have

the skill, I don’t care how they got it

107    41%
Other 27    10%

 

Which of the following experiences should library students have upon graduating?

work experiences

Internship or practicum

202

77%

Library work experience

195

74%

Professional organization  involvement

102

39%

Other presentation

58

22%

Teaching assistant/Other Instructional Experience

57

22%

Student organization involvement

48

18%

Other

36

14%

Conference presentation

28

11%

Other publication

11

4%

Scholarly publication

10

4%

 

Where are you?

Region

Northeastern US

45

17%

Midwestern US

68

26%

Southern US

61

23%

Western US

59

23%

Canada

10

4%

UK

6

2%

Australia/New Zealand

5

2%

Other

6

2%

 

Where are you?

urbanity

Urban area

94

36%

Suburban area

51

19%

City/town

87

33%

Rural area

26

10%

Other

4

2%

 

What type of institution do you hire for?

type

Academic Library

121

47%

Public Library

112

43%

School Library

5

2%

Special Library

14

5%

Archives

0

0%

Other

8

3%

 

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

no of staff

0-10

42

16%

10-50

107

41%

50-100

50

19%

100-200

26

10%

200+

35

13%

 

Are you a librarian?

r u lib

Yes

248

95%

No

3

1%

It’s complicated

11

4%

 

Are you now or have you ever been:

r u now

A hiring manager (you are hiring people that you will directly or indirectly supervise)

203

45%

A member of a hiring or search committee

220

49%

Human resources

12

3%

Other

14

3%

 

Would you like to have information about you or your organization shared ?

non anon

No, I prefer to remain anonymous

232

89%

Yes, and I’ll give you my email address on the next page

30

11%

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7 responses to “Stats and Graphs: What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School?

  1. Pingback: Stats and Graphs: What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School? | Hiring Librarians | The Modern MLIS

  2. Nancy

    It is very disappointing to see special collections and archives so underrepresented in this survey, when library school is the only place to get training for them.

    • Hi Nancy,
      Thanks for your comment. I haven’t yet shared the survey on any of the archives listservs – I’ll admit I wasn’t certain how they’d be received, because there’s a definite librarian bias, mostly born of my own ignorance of archives. However, I will work on getting the link out this week. I’d also be much obliged if you’d share it with any of your connections who hire archivists. The survey link is of course, http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibschoolsurvey
      Best,
      Emily

  3. Thank you, Emily, for conducting this survey. It is really useful, both for faculty members and students in SLIS programs. Many thanks!

  4. Yasmin

    I appreciate the information in this survey, very timely for me as I embark on furthering my studies. I will certainly rethink the Master programme i was thinking of enrolling in to include these key skills. It would have been helpful to have included the most courses and degrees that are most benefit to the new library professionals. Many thanks for a sterling job.

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