Further Questions: Where and how does your library advertise its open positions?

This week’s question was thought up by yours truly.  Please note that if there are any errors in this link-heavy post, it’s my fault.

Where and how does your library advertise its open positions?  Please name specific sites or listservs, where possible.

Laurie PhillipsWe post in the Chronicle of Higher Education, ALAjobs, the university’s website and our local paper (although the local paper rarely yields much of value).

If it’s an entry level position, we also post to all of the library schools or their job sites.

– Laurie Phillips, Associate Dean for Technical Services, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans

– J. McRee (Mac) Elrod, Special Libraries Catalouging

Cathi AllowayWe advertise on signs in the library – very efficient for pages and part-time jobs, no cost.

For jobs where we need or want to cast a larger net, we use:
Cost to run print in local newspapers and national library publications prohibitive.
– Catherine Alloway, Director, Schlow Centre Region Library
Marleah AugustineWe typically advertise in the local newspaper and our local online classified advertising website. If it is for a librarian or other administrative position, the listing usually also goes out on KanLib, a listserv for Kansas librarians. In some instances, we will post on the ALA listserv as well.
– Marleah Augustine, Adult Department Librarian at Hays Public Library
Christine Hage - Dark backgroundIt all depends on the type of job.  If there is a strong in-house candidate we email the posting to all current employees and post it on our staff bulletin board.  If there is no strong in-house candidate we post jobs on our website, the Michigan Library Association job line, on the websites of two local library systems that provide library service to about 70% of the state’s population, on the statewide library listserv, at the two library schools in our state and to PUBLIB.For non-professional positions we send the posting to all staff and post it on our website and put it on the staff bulletin board in case substitutes want to apply for a more permanent position or in case staff members know of good candidates.  For technical positions we post on more specialized listservs.  For instance when we wanted to hire an early childhood specialist we posted the position on a listserv that goes to early childhood specialists.  We hired our last person from a large YMCA daycare center.  For our facilities manager and bookkeeper positions we bought an ads in a local newspaper as we certainly didn’t expect those positions to get much notice in the library world.We do not bother paying for ads (except for the facilities person and bookkeeper in the local paper) in the library journals as their deadlines are too far ahead of publication.  I suspect that would be different if we were hiring a library director, but then again director’s usually give more notice and interim directors can be used to fill the gap between permanent directors.

– Christine Hage, Director, Rochester Hills Public Library
My library posts all vacant faculty librarian position in a selection of places, which includes:

In addition, we post to subject-specific lists that are related to the job. For example, for a science reference and liaison job we may post to reference, science, collection development, and other library listservs and web sites. We also encourage current faculty to send the job to their friends and colleagues. If it is a more entry-level job, we will send to library schools, especially those that are nearby. The chair of the search committee works with library human resources to do this posting.

– Anonymous
Donald LickleyAs a UK based recruitment agency specialising in the information sector, we advertise in a number of places.The first place to look is our own job search page on www.suehill.com, where all of our roles are advertised. We have a LinkedIn group, and a broad selection of our jobs will appear there   . We also use our Twitter account selectively to highlight some of our more interesting and/or specialist roles  .Old school social media AKA Listserv is still very useful for some more specialist areas. JISCmail  is the main UK service in this area, and the LIS sector has a whole range of mailing lists on JISCmail, mainly prefixed LIS, which cover  the full range of library specialisms from art to health services and everything in between. There are also two lists for Archivists and Records Managers through this service which are very popular: ARCHIVES-NRA and RECORDS-MANAGEMENT-UK. Sue Hill Recruitment jobs can be found on all these lists regularly.

One of the more popular jobs boards for the UK information sector, JINFO, has just closed.  From now on candidates will be able to find our jobs advertised on www.reed.co.uk , http://www.totaljobs.com/ and Guardian Jobs.

– Donald Lickley, Recruitment Consultant, Sue Hill Recruiting
bonnie smith
At the University of Florida we advertise our faculty positions to a list of over 30 venues, including half a dozen specifically geared to reaching underrepresented groups.We conducted a longitudinal study, in conjunction with other academic libraries, to better understand the efficacy of our efforts at attracting qualified and diverse candidates. What we found is that the most successful ways of recruiting are:

  • The university’s job posting website
  • The library’s job posting website
  • Word of mouth
  • Individual targeted solicitations

Of the commercial advertising venues the study found the following were the most used:

Good luck!

– Bonnie Smith, Assistant Program Director for Human Resources, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries
We post all of our open positions on the Texas Library Association Jobline, through ALA’s Job Listingsand Chronicle of Higher Education. Staff and search committee members typically forward the postings to the listservs of the library schools they graduated from. All positions are also posted through the university. We currently have two positions open!
– Julie Leuzinger, Department Head, Eagle Commons Library, University of North Texas Libraries
Petra Mauerhoff, CEO, Shortgrass Library SystemWhere we post an open position depends on the type of position.
For clerical positions and drivers, we usually post locally. Ads are placed on the local college job board, on kijiji, and other local job sites around the community.
For positions requiring a library technician diploma, we post ads on the Southern Alberta Institute for Technology (SAIT) job board, as this is the closest lib tech program to us. We also place lib tech ads on the online job board for the Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT), send it to the Jerome list-servand post them to the Foothills Library Association job site.  I might also post it to the Atlantic Provinces Library Association list serv mostly because I used to work in the public library world in Atlantic Canada.
For librarian positions, which tend to be management positions as well as the Shared Intern Librarian position we have, we usually post them to the following:
and sometimes the
For the Intern position, we also email the posting to the library schools across the country for posting on their local bulletin boards.
– Petra Mauerhoff, CEO, Shortgrass Library System

Thank you as always to the above for their time and insight.  If you’re someone who hires librarians and are interested in participating in this feature, please email me at hiringlibrariansATgmail.com.

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