This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:
catalogers, systems, e-resource, instruction, public access
This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a suburban area in the Northeastern 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?
√ 25% or less
And how would you define “hirable”?
Met position requirements for education and work experience
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
Library Director previews and passes along to search committee those applications she deems appropriate
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
lack of applicable experience or required education
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?
Apply for jobs where their experience and education meet the job’s minimum requirements
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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?
Depends on the position. For instruction positions, no. For positions such as Systems or E-Resources, then yes, experience is required
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
What we do is changing–guides through the chaotic world of information rather than custodians of the book warehouse
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For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.