We need to wean library directors from using free labor in place of hiring part time employees.

Hunting with Texas Jim Mitchell and friends in the Florida EvergladesThis 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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in archives, public and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

Library Assistant in several public branches of New York Public Library
-patron interaction
-hold processing
-circulation desk

Archival Assistant
-document processing
-filemaker pro, Past Perfect, Microsoft products,Archivist Toolkit

Cataloging – cut & paste and original
Past Perfect
Follett system

This job hunter is in a city/town in the Northeastern US and is not willing to move.

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

Paid position
Library or archival focused
Job must be located in Manhattan or Queens

Where do you look for open positions?


Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?

Libraries are experiencing tough financial times, however, interns and volunteers need to be paid for transportation and lunch. It would be nice if they received a small stipend.

We need to wean library directors from using free labor in place of hiring part time employees.

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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