This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in a rural area in the Western 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?
√ 26-50 %
And how would you define “hirable”?
Able and competent to do the job as outlined in the advert
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
Computer ranks based on application, then reviewed by library hiring managers
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Lack of qualifications, poor grammar, misspelled words, etc.
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?
Pay attention to detail. Know something about our library and DO NOT lie!
I want to hire someone who is
Energetic and excited
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?
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
Changing, but not dying. Our numbers have doubled over the past ten years. We are busier now than at anytime in our history.
Do you have any other comments, for job hunters or about the survey?
Be honest, energetic and like your job.
Don’t fudge, if you do and I hire you, you will probably be fired!
Be willing to “pay your dues”. You are new, remember that.
For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.