When we last visited the What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School? survey, we had 263 responses. As of 12/20/2014, we now have 324 responses. The survey is and will remain open at
And now, here are the
(A disclaimer: Please be advised this is not Science, and you shouldn’t try to extrapolate these trends to the world at large. Be a dear and also forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity.)
Do library schools teach candidates the job skills you are looking for in potential hires?
|Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate||230||71%|
|You can’t teach the job skills I need in library school||8||2%|
Should library students focus on learning theory or gaining practical skills? (Where 5 is practice, 1 is theory and 3 means “both equally”)
|3 (Both Equally)||147||45%|
What coursework do you think all (or most) MLS/MLIS holders should take, regardless of focus?
|Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)||191||59%|
|Services to Special Populations||87||27%|
|History of Books/Libraries||79||24%|
When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently? (Example: a candidate who took an instructional design class vs. a candidate who taught library instruction sessions.)
|Yes–I value skills gainedthrough a student job more highly||155||48%|
|Yes–I value skills gainedthrough coursework more highly||5||2%|
|No preference–as long as they have theskill, I don’t care how they got it||135||42%|
Which of the following experiences should library students have upon graduating?
|Internship or practicum||250||77%|
|Library work experience||237||73%|
|Professional organization involvement||133||41%|
|Teaching assistant/Other instructional experience||64||20%|
|Student organization involvement||61||19%|
Where are you?
Where are you?
What type of institution do you hire for?
How many staff members are at your library/organization?
Are you a librarian?
Are you now or have you ever been:
|A hiring manager (you are hiring people thatyou will directly or indirectly supervise)||250||77%|
|A member of a hiring or search committee||269||83%|
Would you like to have information about you or your organization shared ?
|No, I prefer to remain anonymous||
|Yes, and I’ll give you my email address on the next page||