Stats and Graphs: 160 Responses to the Original Survey

The last time we visited summary statistics for the original survey was during the ides of March!  At that time, there were 101 responses, which had been collected in a little under a month.  After that initial response to the launch, responses had dwindled down to a trickle (which was fine, because I was trying to get those original ones posted).  Now the new survey has caused a spike, and there has been enough growth to give you some new stats and graphs.  Thank you, people who hire librarians!

Distribution of Responses Over Time

These stats are for responses collected between February 24 and September 20th, 2012. The charts and tables in this post are automatically generated by the Google Form.  So there are a few problems, including the truncation of labels on the charts.

Please remember the limitations of this project, which is more for FUN than for SCIENCE. The survey responses are a result of non-probability sampling so it is inappropriate to assume that the responses are representative of the entire population of library hiring managers, etc. I have no way of knowing that the people who responded actually have anything to do with library hiring – they are mostly anonymous, even to me.

As with most career sites, I think job hunters should completely disregard anything stated here when appropriate.

That being said, here are the aggregated:



How many pages should a cover letter be?



Only one! 80 50%
Two is ok, but no more 41 26%
As many as it takes, but shorter is better 27 17%
As many as it takes, I love reading 1 1%
Other 11 7%

How many pages should a resume/CV be?

Only one! 5 3%
Two is ok, but no more 43 27%
As many as it takes, but keep it short and sweet 79 49%
As many as it takes, I want to look at every accomplishment 15 9%
Other 18 11%

Do you have a preferred format for application documents?

.doc 3 2%
.docx 2 1%
.pdf 48 30%
No preference, as long as I can open it 95 59%
Other 12 8%

Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?

Yes 11 7%
No 82 51%
I don’t care 54 34%
Other 13 8%

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

In the body of the email only 3 2%
As an attachment only 63 39%
Both as an attachment and in the body of the email 28 18%
I don’t care 49 31%
Other 17 11%


What library/institution type do you hire for?

Academic library 72 45%
Public library 47 29%
School library 2 1%
Special library 15 9%
Archives 6 4%
Other 18 11%

How many staff members are in your library?

0-10 43 27%
10-50 60 38%
50-100 22 14%
100-200 19 12%
200+ 14 9%

Are you a librarian?

Yes 146 91%
No 6 4%
It’s complicated 6 4%

Are you now or have you ever been:

a hiring manager (you are hiring people that you will directly or indirectly supervise) 137 87%
a member of a hiring committee 127 80%
human resources 7 4%
Other 6 4%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Thank you again to everyone who responded!

Dutch Women Voting for the First Time

 I’d love to hear your thoughts! Over the last six months, have you noticed any interesting commonalities among the longer interviews? Is there advice you agree or disagree with? Did anything particularly surprise you?  Please leave a comment.

Thank you for reading!


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  1. Pingback: Stats and Graphs: 179 Responses to the Original Survey | Hiring Librarians

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