match qualifications and address them if they don’t have the experience in terms of what they will do to fill the gap

Market scene. Women and men. 1922 2This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager, a member of a hiring or search committee, and a human resources professional. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

liaisons
tech services
eResources

This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in an urban area in the Southern US.

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

√ 75-100

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 25% or less

And how would you define “hirable”?

qualifications matched what was in the posting

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

search committee forms a matrix based on qualifications listed in the posting

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

does not meet one of the require qualifications

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?

match qualifications and address them if they don’t have the experience in terms of what they will do to fill the gap

be focused and serious

investigate the organization and share insights

be personable but sincere

I want to hire someone who is

personable

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 50-100

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

√ 2

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 fewer 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?

no professional experience required for residency position, others will have some type of specialty request

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

it will be modified from its current state but not eliminated

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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