join the church

Man selling artichokes at vegetable market in Stockholm 1951 2This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

any that fit

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a suburban 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”?

willing to live in area (hawaii)

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

not really weeded, nor rubrics. yes, a search committee

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

religion

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?

join the church

I want to hire someone who is

mormon

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?

√ 1

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 fewer positions

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

√ Yes

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

√ Yes

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

library masters degree or almost in hand

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

only changing, 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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3 Comments

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

3 responses to “join the church

  1. ALibrarian

    I wish I knew which library this was so I could avoid applying there.

  2. Avril

    It’s pretty obvious it’s BYU Hawaii. It’s also not hard to avoid applying to a Mormon library if that’s not your thing. I imagine they make the requirements to be a Mormon very clear in any job postings.

  3. Trish G.

    “And how would you define “hirable”?
    willing to live in area (hawaii)”

    Pretty sure you’re leaving out the more important (to you) definition, which is “willing to be a Mormon”.

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