All types needed to staff a large academic library
This librarian works at a library with 100-200 staff members in a 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)
What coursework do you think all (or most) MLS/MLIS holders should take, regardless of focus?
√ Grant Writing
√ Project Management
√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Web Design/Usability
√ Digital Collections
√ Research Methods
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)?
Beside the obvious of learning the individual library culture, organization structure, and specific policies, I think new hires should come with a broad understanding of libraryland. If I had to pick some area, I think supervision of staff can be learned on the job.
Which of the following experiences should library students have upon graduating?
√ Library work experience
√ Internship or practicum
√ Student organization involvement
Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?
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?
Get as much on the job experience as possible even if it is not in your intended field of employment. If you do not have library experience, market your other skills into library context.