I am the hiring manager for outreach and for the librarian-in-residency. I am involved in overseeing hiring processes for all librarians.
This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an urban 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?
√ 25% or less
And how would you define “hirable”?
In addition to meeting all required qualifications, the applicant clearly articulated how his or her qualifications and interests were a good fit for the position and our library.
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
HR does not review applications. A library search committee reviews applications against a rating scale (not yet a fully articulated rubric) for each of the required and preferred qualifications.
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Applicant does not adequately articulate his or her qualifications in relation to the posted position.
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?
To carefully read the position description/announcement and review the library’s and its institution’s website and then clearly articulate in resume and cover letter how he or she is uniquely qualified to fill this specific position.
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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?
Most of our professional positions are not considered entry-level, so we generally look for at least two years of experience. We do have a two-year residency position for which we actually look for individuals with minimal experience.
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
I feel that faculty at our university (and others) are better appreciating the active role that librarians can and should play in the educational mission of the institution.
For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.