We’re not looking to hire someone right out of a grad program with no work experience.

The North's Leading Dog Food Specialist, Grainger MarketThis anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Generalists, library assistants

This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in an urban area in the Northeastern 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”?

Meet the minimum requirements for the job.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

HR does a first pass, usually looking for the minimum requirements (i.e. an MLS). Then, the rest of the applications come to the search committee. We individually rank our top 5-7 candidates and see who overlaps.

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

No MLS, poorly written cover letter or resume, applying from a distant state without explanation.

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?

Well-written, grammatically correct cover letter and resume that fits the job being applied for.

I want to hire someone who is

professional

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 0-10

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?

√ 1

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?

Yes, we do require experience. It can vary, and it doesn’t have to be a set number of years full-time experience, but we’re not looking to hire someone right out of a grad program with no work experience.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ I don’t know

Why or why not?

I hope not, but if it isn’t going to die, it needs to train and nurture professional managers in the field much better.

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 0-10 staff members, Academic, Northeastern US, State of the Job Market 2015, Urban area

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