Depending upon candidate pool we may still consider if strong in other areas

Condiment Stand in Center MarketThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager, a member of a hiring or search committee, and a director. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

public service librarians, branch managers

This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in a suburban area in the Western 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?

√ 51-75 %

And how would you define “hirable”?

possess the skills and experience we are seeking

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

committee

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

poor application materials, not a match (skills/experience)

Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?

√ Other: if asked

What is the most important thing for a job hunter to do in order to improve his/her/their hirability?

take care in reading description and preparing materials

I want to hire someone who is

enthusiastic

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 50-100

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 fewer 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?

√ Yes

Does your workplace require experience for entry-level professional positions? If so, is it an official requirement or just what happens in practice?

yes – noted as requirement but depending upon candidate pool we may still consider if strong in other areas

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

Special skills, perspectives and philosophies gained through the MLIS/MLS process are valuable.

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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