This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in an urban area in the Western 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”?
Meets minimum qualifications; “red flags” not present on application or resume
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
No weeding by HR, they all come to the committee
We use rubrics
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Application materials are poorly written
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?
Show that you have some knowledge of the organization you are applying to
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?
Does your workplace require experience for entry-level professional positions? If so, is it an official requirement or just what happens in practice?
We don’t require it, but so many experienced people apply that we usually use it as a factor in narrowing down the pool
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
People in general still like books, though they don’t have as many.
Children like books a lot and, coincidentally, children are our future.
Students still need training in research.
Research databases still need to be procured and managed.
People still need a quiet space where they can read, think, and work.
People still need help finding the resources they need.
Librarians understand how to make all of the functions of a library come together to meet their users’ needs.
For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.