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:
youth services librarians, library directors
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?
√ 26-50 %
And how would you define “hirable”?
Met the criteria specified in the job posting; handled resume and cover letter with a professional attitude
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
All applications are handled by the Library Director, who conducts a first round of interviews. A few (2-3) candidates are then invited to a second interview with the Director and HR Committee. The final decision is made by the Director with the guidance of the HR Committee.
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Applicant does not meet qualifications spelled out in job posting (i.e. educational requirements, professional experience, etc.)
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?
Ensure that your application materials are tailored to the position you are applying to
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?
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?
Yes, but it does not have to be at the professional level – could be para-professional or volunteer. This is not a formal procedure, just what happens in practice.
Is librarianship a dying profession?
Why or why not?
Librarians are still very much needed in communities
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