This anonymous interview is with a Publisher/Association who has been a hiring manager. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:
Subject liaisons who can deliver training or work in product development capacities.
This not librarian works at a Publisher/Association with 200+ staff members in an urban area in the Northeastern US.
Approximately how many people applied for the last librarian (or other professional level) job at your workplace?
√ 25 or fewer
Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?
√ 25% or less
And how would you define “hirable”?
I would define those “hirable” by applicants who met the specific criteria, MLS or MLIS, years of experience developing user documentation or training materials, and public service expertise.
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
By the hiring manager.
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
We disqualify people who do not meet the minimum requirements.
Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?
What is the most important thing for a job hunter to do in order to improve his/her/their hirability?
They must clearly articulate how they meet the job requirements. So often I see resumes that are general and do not address the specifics of a position.
I want to hire someone who is
How many staff members are at your library/organization?
How many permanent, full time librarian (or other professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?
How many permanent, full time para-professional (or other non-professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?
Can you tell us how the number of permanent, full-time librarian positions at your workplace has changed over the past decade?
√ There are more positions
Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with part-time or hourly workers over the past decade?
Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with para-professional workers over the past decade?
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
I feel librarians who possess knowledge of the digital experience can be valuable to organizations that need usability expertise, help understanding the marketplace and customer workflow issues, technical requirements, and research needs.
I feel there has never been a better time for librarians in the job market!
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For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.