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The description of the institution is way less important since that can be looked up online.

Goose hunting in Klamath County, Oregon, OSU Special Collections via Flickr CommonsThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person is looking in academic libraries for positions requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in an urban area, in the Midwestern US and is willing to move to certain locations

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Location
Type of Library (public or private, small or big)
Type of Duties

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist, professional listservs, individual institutions

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Depends on the job, but usually about a week

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Phone

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

List the salary and a detailed description of the job. The description of the institution is way less important since that can be looked up online. Listing more clearly the requirements and the preferred qualifications so that the candidate knows if they have a shot at getting the job.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Not take so long.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

 

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Take classes on library instruction

This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Reference

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an urban area in the Northeastern US.

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

√ No

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

3

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

√ Vocabulary Design
√ Project Management
√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Web Design/Usability
√ Research Methods
√ Reference
√ Outreach
√ Instruction
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

How to teach library instruction sessions, lesson plan design

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ No preference–as long as they have the skill, I don’t care how they got it

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

Organizational design

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

√ Scholarly publication
√ Professional organization involvement

Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?

Doesn’t matter

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

Take classes on library instruction

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshallfrom Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

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Any job that lists foreknowledge of the library’s ILS as a requirement is probably being listed by an ineffective HR dept

Keene High School (old) Students, Keene, New HampshireThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager.

This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Librarians, coordinators and assistants.

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a city/town in the Northeastern US.

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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

4

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

√ Budgeting/Accounting
√ Digital Collections
√ Reference
√ Readers’ Advisory
√ Outreach
√ Marketing
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)
√ Other: Customer Service

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

Customer service, customer service, customer service.

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ No preference–as long as they have the skill, I don’t care how they got it

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

You can learn the ILS on the job. Any job that lists foreknowledge of the library’s ILS as a requirement is probably being listed by an ineffective HR dept. Likewise, a lot of tech can be picked up, but there also should be an understanding that new hires will develop new skills. So, if a position requires basic web design skills, I may still hire a candidate with little knowledge in this area. But I should be honest on the interview: “I expect you to study HTML and get up to speed.”

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

√ Internship or practicum
√ Student organization involvement

Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?

No, but I’m sick of supervisors that say they wouldn’t hire a state university graduate because the market is flooded with local students and they’d rather hire someone else to get “fresh ideas.” I’m sure it totally feels like you’re being a trendsetter, but it’s just lazy shorthand to equate a distinct location with a distinct ideology. You’re not displaying innovation, you’re displaying bias, so knock it off.

Are there any library schools whose alumni you would be reluctant to hire?

No, of course not.

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

There are lots of other library school students who are going to be your friends, allies and colleagues all around you. Get to know them, and stay in touch with them. Someday, you’ll all be in charge of everything.

Do you have any other comments, for library schools or students, or about the survey?

Yeah. Customer service. It’s absolutely crucial. I’ve been following a lot of online discussions about whether it’s really necessary to like people to be a librarian. Here’s the thing: it is. No matter what your job is (reference, children’s, archives or cataloging) if you’re antisocial, you will not succeed in this field.

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshall from Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

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Your classmates will be your future professional colleagues, and can do more to support your career than you may realize.

This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee.This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

reference and instruction/outreach.

This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in a rural area in the Western US.

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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

3

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

√ Cataloging
√ Grant Writing
√ Web Design/Usability
√ Metadata
√ Research Methods
√ Outreach
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)
√ Field Work/Internships

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

More than anything, an inability to accurately (or even adequately) characterize their experience in job application materials, combined with an apparent unwillingness to have reviewers from inside and outside the profession give feedback.

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ Yes–I value skills gained through a student job more highly

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

It depends on the position. Instruction is one example where coursework is no substitute for practice (even though it can provide a good foundation). ILS- Specific skills are best learned on the job – there’s no real way to teach them in a classroom setting.

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

√ Internship or practicum

Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?

The school’s reputation doesn’t mean much to me. Candidates can have a prestigious degree, and still be inept or a bad fit.

Are there any library schools whose alumni you would be reluctant to hire?

Emporia’s online program.

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

First especially for online students, work hard to build your network. Your classmates will be your future professional colleagues, and can do more to support your career than you may realize. Take on anything that gives you hands-on experience, like projects, practicums, internships, or directed fieldwork. If you know what kind of librarian you want to be when you are done with school, look for opportunities to prove you can do that kind of work specifically – create them, if you have to. Take classes outside of your school/department. If you want to be an academic librarian, look for publishing opportunities early- poster sessions, reviews, etc.

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshallfrom Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

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The only skills lacking that I see are practical ones if the candidate does not have library experience

School No.2 in Dublin New HampshireThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Catalogers, children’s, reference, branch managers

This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in a city/town in the Northeastern US.

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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

3

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

√ Budgeting/Accounting
√ Grant Writing
√ Project Management
√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Programming (Events)
√ Web Design/Usability
√ Metadata
√ Digital Collections
√ Archives
√ Research Methods
√ Reference
√ Readers’ Advisory
√ Information Behavior
√ Services to Special Populations
√ Outreach
√ Marketing
√ Instruction
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)
√ Field Work/Internships

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

The only skills lacking that I see are practical ones if the candidate does not have library experience eg. dealing with problem behaviors, community outreach, advocating for libraries

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ No preference–as long as they have the skill, I don’t care how they got it

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

Learning about the particular materials library has, learning about the community

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

√ Internship or practicum
√ Professional organization involvement

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

Network with other students, professors, join ALA and statewide library association, internships, volunteer in libraries

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshall from Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

Do you hire librarians? Tell us, “What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School?”: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibschoolsurvey

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We’re researchers and you are only as secure as your least private online friend.

School Children Visit State Capitol (MSA)This anonymous interview is with someone who has been a hiring manager, a member of a hiring or search committee, and a training coordinator at a public. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

All levels and positions – from hourly pages to full time librarians — for every department in a mid-size public library system.

When asked, “Are you a librarian?”, this person chose the response, “It’s complicated.” This person works at a library with 200+ staff members in an city/town in the Western US.

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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

4

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

√ Budgeting/Accounting
√ Project Management
√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Reference
√ Readers’ Advisory
√ Outreach
√ Instruction
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)
√ Field Work/Internships

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

The ability to manage — people, projects, and money.

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ Yes–I value skills gained through a student job more highly

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

The community or institution specific rules or norms.

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

√ Library work experience
√ Internship or practicum
√ Teaching assistant/Other instructional experience

Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?

UCLA and FSU. One of which is my alma mater so I might be a little partial.

Are there any library schools whose alumni you would be reluctant to hire?

No necessarily reluctant per se, but I get a lot of applications from SJSU students/graduates and have found that the quality of these candidates is very hit and miss. SJSU is viewed as a diploma mill; they’ll pretty much let anyone in and you can really see it when their 500+ graduates start flooding the market every year.

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

Get work experience in the type of library environment you hope to make a career – volunteer or intern if you can’t get a paid job! Take initiative during that experience, treat it like one big long interview. Show professionalism and display leadership. And be very, very careful with your online reputation through social media. If we like you, know that we will likely Google you before coming to a final decision on whether to bring you into our organization — we’re researchers and you are only as secure as your least private online friend.

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshallfrom Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

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Network Now. Get out and talk to practitioners.

Public Schools Athletic League (LOC)This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Catalogers, Liaisons, Collection Development and Supervisors.

This librarian works at a library with 100-200 staff members in an suburban area in the Southern US.

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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

3

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

√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Digital Collections
√ Research Methods
√ Information Behavior
√ Services to Special Populations
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)
√ Field Work/Internships

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

How to apply for jobs, Cover Letters, Resumes.

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ No preference–as long as they have the skill, I don’t care how they got it

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

Cataloging, Budgeting, Circulation, Authority Control, Interlibrary Loan, Software Packages.

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

√ Internship or practicum
√ Professional organization involvement

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

Network now. Get out and talk to practitioners. Get input on your resume.

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshallfrom Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

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Never think that you will be prepared for a job without actually spending time doing that job

School at Anthoston. Census 27, enrollment 12, attendance 7. Teacher expects 19 to be enrolled after work is overThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee.

This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in an urban area in the Northeastern US.

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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

5

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

√ Cataloging
√ Budgeting/Accounting
√ Grant Writing
√ Project Management
√ Collection Management
√ Programming (Events)
√ Web Design/Usability
√ Digital Collections
√ Archives
√ Research Methods
√ Readers’ Advisory
√ Services to Special Populations
√ Outreach
√ Marketing
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ Yes–I value skills gained through a student job more highly

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

√ Library work experience
√ Internship or practicum

Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?

ALA Ones.

Are there any library schools whose alumni you would be reluctant to hire?

Non ALA accred.schools.

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

Spend as much time as possible either working or volunteering in an actual library.

Do you have any other comments, for library schools or students, or about the survey?

Never think that you will be prepared for a job without actually spending time doing that job. At the very least, get an internship or field placement.

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshallfrom Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

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Concentrate less on the ‘philosophy’ aspect of libraries

Keene Grammar School Class, Keene New HampshireThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Library managers for small/medium rural area libraries. Some of the hires manage up to 3 or 4 libraries — so some practical work experience in a public library setting is essential!

This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in an rural area in the Midwestern US .

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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

3

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

√ Budgeting/Accounting
√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Programming (Events)
√ Web Design/Usability
√ Digital Collections
√ Reference
√ Readers’ Advisory
√ Services to Special Populations
√ Outreach
√ Marketing
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

Customer Service, dealing with a diverse public, Managing staff!, budgeting, collection development/weeding!, working with boards – city/county officials,

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ Yes–I value skills gained through a student job more highly

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

Technical skills such as using various ILS systems, copy cataloging, some budgeting etc.

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

√ Library work experience
√ Teaching assistant/Other instructional experience

Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?

No preference.

Are there any library schools whose alumni you would be reluctant to hire?

No.

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

Get some practical work experience! Concentrate less on the ‘philosophy’ aspect of libraries -although I do feel that a basic knowledge of theory/practice is needed to get the background and to buy into the core beliefs of library service – it is much more helpful to have the ‘practical’ knowledge of budgeting, managing people, customer service, collection development/how to weed.

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshallfrom Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

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Be respectful to practicing librarians

New England Girls School, ArmidaleThis anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

circulation and access, discovery services, interlibrary loan, electronic resources, metadata and digital services, all tech services areas such as acquisitions

This librarian works at a library with 100-200 staff members in an city/town in the Midwestern US.

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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

3

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

√ Cataloging
√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Programming (Events)
√ Metadata
√ Digital Collections
√ History of Books/Libraries
√ Reference
√ Information Behavior
√ Instruction
√ Field Work/Internships

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

People skills– library schools should interview applicants and screen out truly dysfunctional people, especially those with advanced degrees in other areas.

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ Yes–I value skills gained through a student job more highly

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

how to work with a specific system, how a library structure works, supervision

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

√ Library work experience
√ Conference presentation
√ Other presentation
√ Professional organization involvement

Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?

Illinois, UCLA, North Carolina, Indiana

Are there any library schools whose alumni you would be reluctant to hire?

San Jose State

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

It’s about what they put into it; even if courses are easy, work hard to get to know your instructor and find library work as a student. Be respectful to practicing librarians and try to attend at least one library conference to network and get a bigger picture.

Do you have any other comments, for library schools or students, or about the survey?

Most library schools do a very poor job of teaching digital topics, and do not orient students to seek continuing education as well as they should.

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshallfrom Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

Do you hire librarians? Tell us, “What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School?”: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibschoolsurvey

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