This 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:
This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a rural area in the Midwestern 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”?
serious applicants, trust worthy, independent, would represent the library well
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
Director reads through resumes and applications, no HR
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Prior job experience and length of holding positions and education, also the grammar and how well the application or the resume is done
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?
make the hiring process easy to understand and accessible for everyone, job description is clear and concise.
I want to hire someone who is
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?
√ Other: 0
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 fewer 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?
no, just what is required at the state level
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
Information is still needed to be acquired, libraries and librarians change how patrons get this information
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For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.