Positive environment for patrons and library employees

Cheryl J. Armstrong is a New Adult Librarian at the Riverhead Free Library, where she is proud of:

Getting my library on board with ordering books and hosting programming directed at New Adults and attracting several to programs so far that don’t otherwise use the library.

She is looking in Academic libraries, Archives, Public libraries and Special libraries, for positions at the entry level. She is in a rural area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere. In her spare time, Ms. Armstrong enjoys Racewalking for a USATF club team. You can find her on LinkedIn. And be on the lookout for future publications. She says,

I am currently looking into the process of converting my library school thesis (Library Service to 20 and 30-Somethings) into articles or a book for publication.

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

1. Opportunity for creativity
2. Positive environment for patrons and library employees
3. Full time

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist, professional listserv, LinkedIn, civil service

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ No (even if I might think it *should* be)

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Updating resume, creating a cover letter catered to the individual library. I typically spend 2-3 hours on it.

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Be explicit about the expected duties and what they seek so applicants have clear knowledge of what the employer seeks and can provide clear examples of how they’d meet- and exceed- the employer’s expectations. Explicit expectations would also help candidates self-assess to determine whether they qualify for the position, which would cut back on submissions from those who do not meet the qualifications and/or the employer’s aspirations for the position.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Make applicants aware of whether or not they are to be interviewed/hired; a rejection letter is much better than waiting for news that never comes.

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

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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Filed under Academic, Archives, Job hunter's survey, Northeastern US, Public, Rural area

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  1. Pingback: Job Hunter Follow Up: Cher Armstrong | Hiring Librarians

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