Our professional skills & ethics will always be needed.

Young boy tending freshly stocked fruit and vegetable stand at Center Market, 02181915This anonymous interview is with a public  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:

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This librarian works at a library with 10-50 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?

√ 25 or fewer

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 25% or less

And how would you define “hirable”?

Meeting the posted qualifications & experience requirements

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

Search Committee consisting of Library Director & 2 staff members. Applications are ranked by each committee member. After discussion, interview candidates are selected.

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

Outscored by other candidates with greater education & experience.

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

√ No

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

Get involved, demonstrate experience & strong work ethic. Find a way to volunteer, become active & take leadership roles in workplace or library association committees.

I want to hire someone who is

outstanding

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 10-50

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?

√ 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 the same number of 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?

√ No

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

Relevant experience is required

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

Pew surveys indicate the public loves and continues to heavily utilize its public libraries. If physical collections need to be reduced, libraries will evolve to become more focused on operating as a community, computing and learning centers but our professional skills & ethics will always be needed.

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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Filed under 10-50 staff members, Public, Rural area, State of the Job Market 2015, Western US

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