Conference Presentations and Publications Even for a Public Librarian

Poster, New York Public Library, n.d.This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of hiring committees at a library with 10-50 staff members.


What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

flexibility
comfort with technology
intelligence
…As a fourth item, I look for professional development such as conference presentations and publications even for a public librarian.  This tells me that they are willing to extend themselves.

Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?

indications of bad customer service
lack of flexibility
no desire to extend oneself with professional development

What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?

vagueness, I want information

How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ Only one!

How many pages should a resume/CV be?

√ As many as it takes, I want to look at every accomplishment

Do you have a preferred format for application documents?

√ No preference, as long as I can open it

Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?

√ I don’t care

If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?

√ Other: At least in body of email.  I don’t care if it is also an attachment.

What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?

Enthusiasm for the profession.

What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?

Being unprofessional.

2 Comments

Filed under 10-50 staff members, Original Survey, Public

2 responses to “Conference Presentations and Publications Even for a Public Librarian

  1. anonymous and unemployed

    “being uprofessional.” Super helpful, because we all have the exact same idea of what “professional” means, right?

    Ha ha — this is great! This person is tired of vagueness and wants information, yet his or her replies are incredibly vague, leaving me wanting more information!

  2. Pingback: Academic and Scholarly Publishing: Why it Matters and Approaching the Process | hls

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