Be interested in the job.

Market day, KillarneyThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

clerks & pages.

This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a rural area in the Midwestern US.

Approximately how many people applied for the last librarian (or other professional level) job at your workplace?

√ Other: Only me.

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ Other: Only me.

And how would you define “hirable”?

Had all qualifications.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

Education, experience.

Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?

√ Other: If the applicant requests it.

What is the most important thing for a job hunter to do in order to improve his/her/their hirability?

Be interested in the job.

I want to hire someone who is

dependable.

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 0-10

How many permanent, full time librarian (or other professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?

√ 1

How many permanent, full time para-professional (or other non-professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?

√ 3-4

Can you tell us how the number of permanent, full-time librarian positions at your workplace has changed over the past decade?

√ There are the same number of positions

Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with part-time or hourly workers over the past decade?

√ No

Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with para-professional workers over the past decade?

√ No

Does your workplace require experience for entry-level professional positions? If so, is it an official requirement or just what happens in practice?

Yes. Experience is preferred.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

No. It’s changing, but not dying.

Do you hire librarians?  Take this survey: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey or take other Hiring Librarians surveys.

For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.

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