This anonymous interview is with a government librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:
science librarians, data librarians
This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a suburban area in the Midwestern US.
Approximately how many people applied for the last librarian (or other professional level) job at your workplace?
Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?
√ Other: Less than 5
And how would you define “hirable”?
They needed to meet the qualifications for the job. Too many people applied who were not qualified.
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
Library Manager reviewed ALL applications and Library Staff reviewed those applications that made the 1st cut. There was typically a 2nd cut before phone interviews were conducted.
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
The candidate’s experience didn’t match the qualifications needed for the job.
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?
Get as much experience as possible. Add to your Library Tool box. In addition to your main job function, know other library skills that can help the team. Apply for jobs that match your experience and education. And, use your cover letter to explain how your experience and education are a good match for the position.
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?
√ 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?
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?
Yes, we require experience.
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For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.