Reference librarians, Children’s librarians and Librarian Specialists (a specific specialty like Art, Music and Special Collections). All managers are librarians except the circ manager and one budget manager.
This librarian works at a library with 50-100 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?
√ more than 100, but less than 200
Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?
√ 25% or less
And how would you define “hirable”?
Met the minimum requirements.
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
Sometimes the HR staff will review first to eliminate the applicants who obviously do not meet the minimum requirements then the hiring manager in the library will review the rest though they can always look at the entire group.
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Does not meet the minimum requirements and there are plenty of applicants that do meet the requirements.
Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?
√ Other: The HR department will give feedback about an interview upon request. It is done in person and not in writing.
What is the most important thing for a job hunter to do in order to improve his/her/their hirability?
Be honest. Read the job description and requirements carefully.
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?
√ 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 and official.
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
It is a never ending evolving profession. It could die if those in the profession do not want to change but I think there are enough who realize we need to constantly change to survive.
For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.