Children’s and Young Adult
This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a suburban area in the Southwest 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?
√ Other: 1 out of 15
And how would you define “hirable”?
Had an MLS and some experience in public libraries either professional or non-professional
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
They are evaluated by the evaluated by the hiring manager (in this case me) I rate education, experience in public library and in this case interest in teen programming
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Did not meet minimum requirements
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?
Show good customer service traits (pleasant, engaging, calm )
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?
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?
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, but the experience can be as a library assistant and I also count part-time experience, internships, and student employment
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
I find that new librarians cannot function without a computer. They can’t find non-fiction or do reader’s advisory without a computer. Also reference seems to becoming obsolete. Cataloging is outsourced and lots of collection development is also.
For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.