Stats and Graphs: Quick and Dirty Results

TL;DR We need more responses from folks who hire in school and special libraries, archives, and for non-library LIS workers. If you have contacts in those areas, will you please help spread the word? People who do hiring can fill out the survey here. I also welcome ideas for places that I can post a call for responses.

Hi! It’s Staturday! Welcome to a Stats and Graphs post, in which I examine survey responses through stats and graphs!

The survey that I am calling Return to Hiring Librarians opened on March 25th, 2022. As of today, April 2nd, 2022, we have 145 responses. They are primarily from folks who hire in Public and Academic Libraries. There are 23 questions in the survey. 13 are open-ended and 10 are closed-ended. Of the closed-ended questions, only one measures an opinion (How many pages should a ___ be?). The others are primarily demographics but do also ask for things like when salary information is first shared and what materials/tasks are asked for in the application and interview process.

I hope you have found, and will continue to find, the individual responses interesting and useful. I’m very interested in any feedback or observations you might have. You can communicate with me here via comment, on Twitter @HiringLib, or by email at hiringlibrariansATgmail.

Thanks for reading!


Chart of responses to What type of organizations do you hire for? Responses detailed in post text

What type of organization(s) do you hire for? (Check all that apply)

145 responses

Academic Library 48 (33.1%)

Archives 14 (9.7%)

Public Library 82 (56.6%)

School Library 1 (.7%)

Special Library 7 (4.8%)

Other 8 (5.5%)

Chart of responses to Who makes hiring decisions at your organization? Responses detailed in post text

Who makes hiring decisions at your organization? (Check all that apply)

145 Responses

HR 31 (21.4%)

Library Administration 85 (58.6%)

The position’s supervisor 96 (66.2%)

A Committee or panel 81 (55.9%)

Employee’s at the position’s same level (on a committee or otherwise) 24 (16.6%)

Other 21 (14.5%)

Chart of responses to Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates? Responses detailed in post text

Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates? (Check all that apply)

145 responses

Online application 108 (74.5%)

Cover Letter 98 67.6%)

Resume 101 (69.7%)

CV 43 (29.7%)

References 124 (85.5%)

Proof of degree 44 (30.3%)

Supplemental Questions 42 (29%)

Written Exam 8 (5.5%)

Oral Exam/Structured Interview 53 (36.6%)

Demonstration (teaching, storytime, etc.) 56 (38.6%)

More than one round of interviews 29 (20%)

A meal with hiring personnel 22 (15.2%)

Other 20 (13.8%)

Chart of responses to Does your organization use automated application screening? Responses detailed in post text

Does your organization use automated application screening?

144 responses

Yes 23 16%

No 110 76.4%

Other 11 7.6%

Chart of responses to How many pages should each of these documents be? Responses detailed in text that follows image

How many pages should each of these documents be?

Cover Letter – “Only one!” followed by “Two is ok, but no more”

Resume – “As many as it takes, but keep it reasonable and relevant” followed by “Two is ok, but no more”

CV – “As many as it takes, but keep it reasonable and relevant” followed by “We don’t ask for this”

Chart of responses to When does your organization first provide salary information? Responses detailed in text that follows image

When does your organization first provide salary information?

145 responses

It’s part of the job ad 104 (71.7%)

We only discuss after we’ve made an offer 14 (9.7%)

It’s part of the information provided at the interview 6 (4.1%)

Other 21 (14.5%)

Chart of responses to What part of the world are you in? Responses detailed in text that follows image
What part of the world are you in?

144 responses

Midwestern US 32 (22.2%)

Northeastern US 32 (22.2%)

Southeastern US 25 (17.4%)

Western US 21 (14.6%)

Southwestern US 14 (9.7%)

Canada 7 (4.9%)

Australia/New Zealand 5 (3.5%)

UK 1 (0.7%)

Other 7 (4.9%)

Chart of responses to What's your region like? Responses detailed in text that follows image

What’s your region like? (Check all that apply)

144 responses

Urban 61 (42.4%)

Suburban 74 (51.4%)

Rural 36 (25%)

Other 10 (6.9%)

Chart of responses to Is your workplace remote/virtual? Responses detailed in text that follows image

Is your workplace remote/virtual?

145 responses

Never or not anymore 70 (48.3%)

Some of the time and/or in some positions 64 (44.1%)

Always 1 (.7%)

Other 10 (6.9%)

Chart of responses to How many staff members are at your organization? Responses detailed in text that follows image

How many staff members are at your organization?

143 responses

11-50 56 (39.2%)

51-100 24 (16.8%)

101-200 24 (16.8%)

201+ 18 (12.6%)

0-10 16 (11.2%)

Other 5 (3.4%)


That’s it for now!

As I say above, I really welcome your comments and feedback.

I would also be very grateful if you could help spread the call for survey responses, especially to folks who do hiring in special libraries, archives, and for non-library LIS workers. If you have contacts in those areas, will you please help spread the word? People who do hiring can fill out the survey here.

Oh also – if you like this kind of thing you might be interested in this effort to collect information about academic job negotiations. Check it out!

Your Pal,

Emily

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2 responses to “Stats and Graphs: Quick and Dirty Results

  1. One Special Librarian

    Out of curiosity I did a quick search of how many public libraries there are compared to special libraries, and the ratio was not as disproportionate as I expected based on these stats. Having interviewed for public, academic, and special, (and sat on hiring committees for academic and special) I wonder if it’s less reflected here in part because special libraries are often hosted inside non-library or non-academic organizations with “less complex” or “more standard” hiring processes. Academic feels so much more rigorous and public feels so much more personality-based / luck of the draw to me than other hiring processes, so I definitely sought out any kind of divination insight into the process that I could when facing those.

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    • Ah interesting – I had not thought to look them up proportionally. What you are saying makes sense in terms of my reach – I’m able to put this in front of a lot of librarians, but I don’t have as many contacts who principals for example. Special library work and non-library LIS work encompasses a huge range of industries as well. Hard to get in front of that breadth

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