I started this blog when I was a frustrated job-hunting librarian.
One of my favorite job-hunting resources is Alison Green’s Ask A Manager blog. She gives great advice, not just because she’s a smart lady with a lot of common sense, but because she has worked as a hiring manager and is able to provide insight into the great mystery of how they think.
Inspired by her work, I wanted to create a venue which allowed people who make hiring decisions to explain their enigmatic thinking. I think we need more opportunities where people on both sides of the hiring process can communicate without fear or pressure.
To this end, I created a survey instrument which could be completed anonymously (or not), and solicited help from anyone who might hire a librarian, in all library types, as well as in non-library organizations that hire information professionals.
From that humble beginning, I worked with various partners, authors, researchers, hiring managers, job hunters, and volunteers to develop a wide array of surveys, features, and services.
- Original Survey
- What Should Candidates Wear? (closed, see See: The Pantyhose Standard and Related Sunday Ranting, as well as Counting Readers: Hiring Librarians 2013 Blog Stats)
- What Should Candidates Learn in Library School?
- What’s the Library Job Market Like Nowadays?
- Job Hunter’s Survey (and Annual Follow Up Interviews)
Basic and totally unscientific analysis of these surveys is available here: Stats and Graphs
- Further Questions
- Topical Series
- Researcher’s Corner
- Author’s Corner
- Job Hunter’s Web Guide
- Library School Career Center
- Residency Run-Down
- Recruiter Spotlight
- Hired Librarians (and Those That Hired Them)
- Candidate Interviews
- Professional Development Program Profile
- Crowdsourced Resume and CV Review
- Interview Questions Repository (submit questions here)
- Reader Request/Now Hiring
- HR is Listening: Critique this Job Announcement
I hope that you will also participate (either by leaving a comment or in one of the other ways detailed on that page).
If you’d like to read more about this project, I’ve written about it:
Lessons from Hiring Librarians. (2012, June). LIScareer.
Our wonderful world: Making connections courtesy of information and communications. (2012, November 20). libfocus.
I’ve also presented about it online, and recordings are available:
Be You. Just the Best Possible Version of You. Keynote Speech. Symposium on LIS Education, Virtual and Champaign, Illinois, April 2015.
Fireside Chat – Job Hunt Edition. Webinar. San Jose State University iSchool Connext’s Fireside Chats, Virtual, February 2015
Q & A with Hiring Librarians. Webinar.Florida State University ALA Student Chapter’s Lunch Q & A, Virtual, November 2014.
The header image I am using is of the American Library Association, New Monterey Hotel, Asbury Park, N.J., June 25, 1919, photographed by Cole & Co. The original is in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, but it is available online at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2007661672/
If you are curious about any of the other photos of libraries and librarians, try clicking the image. If it is the first time I’ve used it, it should take you through to where I found it (most likely Flickr commons). Or you can always contact me to ask.
The photos of people in business wear that accompany the What to Wear surveys are generally either Flickr photos with creative commons licenses, or stock photos from freedigitalphotos.net. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out.