There are always plenty of applicants with experience so those with none aren’t interviewed.

Young boy tending freshly stocked fruit and vegetable stand at Center Market, 02181915This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

children’s, teen, public services librarians

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a suburban area in the Northeastern US.

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

√ 25-75

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 26-50 %

And how would you define “hirable”?

Met application requirements and some preferences, wrote cover letter showing interest in job, no red flags

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

Applications go straight to director/hiring manager, nothing weeded out automatically. Rubric scored and discussed by committee of 3 or 4 staff members (including director and supervisor).

What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?

Had applicants who better fit the requirements.

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

√ No

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

Apply for jobs that look like good fits. If experience doesn’t match up with job, talk about why you’re interested in THIS job specifically in cover letter (if you’re reusing from another cover letter, make sure it matches this one, e.g. we have a position that is both children’s + teens, so a cover letter that only talks about teens is rated lower.)

I want to hire someone who is

motivated

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 10-50

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

√ Other: 0

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

√ Other: 0

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?

√ 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?

Not required by the job description, but in practice there are always plenty of applicants with experience so those with none aren’t interviewed.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

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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Filed under 10-50 staff members, Northeastern US, Public, State of the Job Market 2015, Suburban area

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